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There's a rhyme that ends in "Pop goes the Weasel" - Zer Netmouse
March 11th, 2013
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There's a rhyme that ends in "Pop goes the Weasel"
How do YOU think the rest of the rhyme goes?

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From:batwrangler
Date:March 11th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Round and round the mulberry bush,
the monkey chased the weasel.
The weasel thought it was a joke.
Pop goes the weasel.
Penny for a spool of thread.
Penny for a needle.
That's the way the money goes.
Pop goes the weasel.

(I think there's more, but that's what I know off the top of my head.)
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From:mrissa
Date:March 12th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
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That's funny: in the version I learned, the monkey was the one who thought it was "all in fun."
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From:batwrangler
Date:March 12th, 2013 11:12 am (UTC)
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I don't know whether the weasel/monkey switch is an actual local variation or just the folk process in action in my brain.
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From:tawneypup
Date:March 13th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
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That's how I learned it, too!
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From:sarahmichigan
Date:March 12th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
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The version I learned was close to batwrangler's:

All around the mulberry bush,
the monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun
Pop goes the weasel.

I think the penny/spool part went the same as batwrangler's.
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From:adina_atl
Date:March 11th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
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A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle
That's the way the money goes
Pop goes the weasel!

There's another verse I only half remember:
Around and round the mulberry bush
the monkey chased the weasel
Something-something-something-something
Pop goes the weasel!
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From:delta_november
Date:March 12th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
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Half a pound of tuppeny rice
Half a pound of treacle
mumble mumble mumble mumble
Pop goes the weasel!

The third line, and all other verses, have rotted out of my memory.
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From:drplokta
Date:March 12th, 2013 06:02 am (UTC)
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This, with the third line being "That's the way the money goes".
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From:nwhyte
Date:March 12th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC)
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Agreed!
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From:drplokta
Date:March 12th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
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Just remembered part of another verse, which is a London reference, the Eagle being a pub on the City Road:

Up and down the City Road
In and out the Eagle
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From:guppiecat
Date:March 12th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
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Owl needs a paternity test,
out an egg did hatch a weasel.
The test came back and what do you know?
"Pop!" Goes the weasel.
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From:renniekins
Date:March 12th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
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All around the mulberry bush
the monkey chased the weasel
the monkey stopped to pick up a sock
pop goes the weasel
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From:controuble
Date:March 12th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
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Round and round the cobbler's bench
the monkey chased the weasel
the monkey thought 'twas all in fun
Pop goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread
a penny for a needle
that's the way the morning goes
Pop goes the weasel.

I seem to vaguely recall there being a third verse, but cannot think of it.
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From:gilraen2
Date:March 12th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
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I learned it with both "cobbler's bench" and "vinegar bush".
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From:sarahmichigan
Date:March 12th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, I've heard the cobbler's bench version as well.
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From:mishamish
Date:March 12th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
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Round and round the mulberry bush
the monkey chased the weasel
the monkey thought it was all in good fun
POP! goes the weasel.
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From:cos
Date:March 12th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
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If anyone's caught taking graft and I don't get my share,
we stand them up against the wall and pop goes the weasel!

Sorry, the Marx Brothers loom prominently in my head.
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From:aiela
Date:March 12th, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
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All around the mulberry bush
the monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought t'was all in fun
POP goes the weasel.
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From:fledgist
Date:March 12th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Up and down the City Road,
In and out the Eagle,
That's the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.
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From:fledgist
Date:March 12th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
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It's to be found in Iona and Peter Opie's Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes.
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From:carbonel
Date:March 12th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Not exactly a rhyme in the first verse.

All around the mulberry bush,
The monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun,
Pop! goes the weasel

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle,
That's the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel

There are more verses, but this is all I know.
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From:dreamshark
Date:March 12th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
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This one, except with "cobbler's bench" rather than "mulberry bush.

Actually, this is what my adult mind thinks must be the original, because it actually hangs together, especially if you know that "weasel" was a slang term for a little change-purse that opens and closes with a popping sound.

In reality, I remember singing "carpenter's bench" as a child, probably because I didn't know the word "cobbler." I also sang "A penny for a spool of thread, a penny for an easel" because that made it rhyme correctly, quite possibly a correction I made myself.
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From:carbonel
Date:March 12th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm familiar with the "cobbler's bench" version, but it's not the one that first comes to my mind. I think that's the version in one of the Little House books, where Pa would play it for Mary and Laura, and the game was to see if they could catch when Pa plucked the fiddle string for the *pop*. But they never did; he was too fast.

"A penny for an easel" is a perfectly reasonable mondegreen. I think I sang it that way for a while, too.

The song has its own Wikipedia entry, with many variations listed, and speculations as to origin and meaning.
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From:saraikennedy
Date:March 12th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
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I wrote a great many new verses of this when I was doing fisher work in California (AKA "chasing weasels,") but I imagine you're looking for something a bit more traditional... the version I learned as a child was:

Round and round the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun
Pop goes the weasel!
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From:bohemiancoast
Date:March 12th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Wikipedia is instructive here, with dates and everything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Goes_the_Weasel
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