(7/13/05 8:41 pm)
Does anyone know the full text of this rhyme?|
Hi everyone--- the husband of a writer friend of mine, a charming man who loves to recite poems and nursery rhymes, is looking for the full text of an old rhyme/poem that contains the following line: " . . . she cried in accents cherry and waved her wooden leg aloft." I tried to check it in my Oxford dictionary of nursery rhymes but found nothing so I thought I'd try this board. Anyone recognize it and have the full text? Thanks!!
(7/13/05 10:52 pm)
The Wayward Boy|
It seems that others have been searching also---
I have been trying for ages to come up with the origin of the phrase "Aha
she cried and waved her wooden leg aloft!" which is often used by folks
in about their 70's for "eureka".
All I have unearthed is a dozen variations, including: "Aha she cried in
accents wild and waved her wooden leg aloft. Tis false tis false and with
her evil eye she swept the garden path" and "Aha she said in childless
glee as she shook her wooden leg aloft and her glass eye rolled noiselessly
down her dress front into the sink."
"Aha!" she cried and waved her wooden leg,
And jumped in bed,
And covered up her head,
And swore that I could not find her.
But I knew damn well
That she lied like hell,
So I jumped in right behind her.
This is a fragment of a widely known folk song called "The Wayward Boy" and sung to the familiar tune of "The Girl I Left Behind Me." It can be found in my book *The
Erotic Muse* (2nd ed. 1991) pp. 86-87.
You can find the lyrics to “The Wayward Boy” here, although it doesn’t include “she cried in accents cherry.” This is a rude song… definitely NOT a nursery rhyme.
"Aha, she cried, as she waved her wooden leg aloft and bellered at the moon"
(7/14/05 3:05 pm)
Re: The Wayward Boy|
Ah, I LOVE this board!! Thank you, Gail, I will pass the information on to my friend!
(7/14/05 5:30 pm)
Any time. I've been busy this week, but if you continue to search "waved+her+wooden+leg" or "waved+her wooden+leg+aloft" you might find other sources. It was a fun problem and a phrase I'd not heard before. Most of the sources seem to identify it with a certain age group.