It’s Not All Mary Poppins

It beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick

Nigel chatters to himself as he rotates round and round his right foot.

“Woe, woe, woe, woe, woe,
Je-gee-dow, fwee
Meh-lee, meh-lee, meh-lee, meh-lee


A do-it agin?

Je-jee dowa, fweem
meh-lee, meh-lee, meh-lee, meh-lee

Whheeee!! Go roundaroundaround…

Je-jlee downa, fweem
meh-lee, meh-lee, meh-lee, meh-lee

Do it agin? Go round, a-round-a-rounda-round…
Fall down!
And he lies on his back, watching the ceiling spin slowly around, while he claps. Oh, the cuteness.

(Recognize the “song”, anyone?)


March 5, 2007 - Posted by | the cuteness!


  1. It’s Row, Row, Row your boat, isn’t it? I don’t remember any spinning around actions though, lol! Reminds me of my little guys’ stage of “Ring around the Rosie” – boy it took him a long time to get tired of “we all fall down!” 🙂

    Comment by Victoria | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. LMD loves row row the boat:-0 She sings it almost the same as Nigel, but first she rows, then “rocks” side to side, then rows back to front then rocks with each verse. She knows about four or five verses, and particulary likes the lion ROAR and the crocodile SNAP!

    Sometimes I can make her do it on the floor with LMB, but more often she prefers me to throw her backwards and forwards on my lap *sigh*. Although when she started to rock, rock on the back of my bicycle I had to stop pretty quick or topple over into the road!

    Comment by juggling mother | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  3. Definitely Row Row Row Your Boat. I particularly like Nigel’s 2nd line!

    Comment by Angela | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  4. My kids use the exact same lyrics to Row, Row Row Your Boat.

    It must be taught in utero.

    Comment by Matthew | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  5. Yup, a wonderfully fun song. Laurel and I love doing actions to it, but Ian, he runs away.

    Comment by mamacita tina | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  6. I thought it was a Sugar Ray tune at first. But Row Your Boat is much more complex.

    Comment by Darren a/k/a Clare's Dad | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  7. I DO know that song! It’s the spin around and fall down song!

    Comment by Tammy | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  8. Combo of Row Row Row your Boat and Ring Around the Rosie?

    Comment by Steph | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  9. of course i recognize the song. have you ever heard the version that finishes with “ha, ha, fooled you, i’m a submarine”? dylan used to LOVE that song, and he would sing it over and over, ending with, “ah, ah, poo’d you, i’n a tubmaween… you ‘ear dat one?” and i’d always smile and say, “yeah, dyl, i heard that one. it’s funny, huh?” and then we’d start again.

    fun song, indeed. 🙂

    Comment by lara | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  10. You’re all right, of course. “Row, row, row your boat.” (The spin and fall down variation, as Tammy sagely notes. Or the Sugar Ray plus version, suggested by Darren.)

    I do know the ‘submarine’ verse, Lara, but crocodiles and lions? Totally new to me. I went googling, and the only site I found which looked promising (from the UK, as it happens) wouldn’t open! Drat.

    Juggling Mother, you need to post those verses for us!

    Comment by MaryP | March 6, 2007 | Reply

  11. Row your boat? But he must only have one oar, to be going around in circles like that…Whatta cutie.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 6, 2007 | Reply

  12. Row row row your boat gently to the shore, once you see the lion, soon you’ll hear him ROAR

    Row row row your boat gently down the stream, If you see a crocodile (snap snap) don’t forget to scream

    Row row row your boat gently down the river, if you fall in, you will start to shiver

    Umm, I may have made that last one up – I do make up words every now & then, because they sing the same song for hours!

    I’ve tried rowing down the creek, and seeing a platapus with his beak too. it never hurts to teach them about different animals and countries young:-)

    Comment by juggling mother | March 6, 2007 | Reply

  13. I thought the same as Steph, a combination of Row Your Boat and Ring Around the Rosie, both of which my Monkey adore. she also likes the part of “Working on the Railroad” that goes, “Dinah won’t ya blow, Dinah won’t ya blow, Dinah won’t blow your horn”. Mary P, I admire the way you are able to write phonetically. I haven’t quite captured that talent. The other song Monkey loves is “Catch a Wave”. By the Beach Boys. “Catch a wave, daddy,” she’ll request. “Top a da world?”

    Comment by albamaria30 | March 7, 2007 | Reply

  14. OH, and Mary – the crocodiles one goes

    Row Row Row Your Boat
    Gently Down the Stream
    If you see a crocodile
    Don’t forget to scream – AAAH!

    (add sharks, snapping turtles, etc. until the novelty of screaming wears off.)

    I think the submarine twist is from Charlotte Diamond.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 7, 2007 | Reply

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