Children's chant

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 1 04:04:39 UTC 2005

At 12:14 PM -0800 1/31/05, Larry Scroggs wrote:
>Heard at my school in the late 1950s.
>Whistle while you work
>Khrushchev is a jerk
>Eisenhower's got the power
>But it doesn't work.
In the earlier 50s it was still (at least in what we now call blue states)

Whistle while you work
Hitler was a jerk
Mussolini bit his weenie,
And now it doesn't work.

(Never clear to me whether it was Hitler's weenie or Mussolini's own
that was rendered dysfunctional.)

and then there was the related (via Col. Bogey rather than Disney, of
course) verse, discussed on the list some years ago,

Hitler # had only one, left ball,
Goering #  had two but they were small.
Himmler #  had something similar,
And Goebbals
Had no balls
At all.

(# indicates caesura; much discussion of first line, and variations,
accessible from archives)

Larry Horn

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