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ROPE SKIPPING RHYME

MARGIE HAD A BABY, NAMED IT TINY TIM,
PUT IT IN THE BATHTUB TO TEACH IT HOW TO SWIM.
THE BABY DRANK A GALLON OF WATER, ATE A CAKE OF SOAP,
MARGIE CALLED THE DOCTOR, BEFORE THE BABY CHOKED.
IN CAME THE DOCTOR, IN CAME THE NURSE,
IN CAME THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
DEAD SAID THE DOCTOR, DEAD SAID THE NURSE,
DEAD SAID THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT WENT THE DOCTOR, OUT WENT THE NURSE,
OUT WENT THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

 

Submitter comment:

LEARNED IN SUMMER OF 1964 FROM THE CHILDREN OF HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; Neighborhood children

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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