Regional Variants on 'Eensy Weensy Spider'

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sat Oct 29 19:33:13 UTC 2005

I am a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and I can remember the song (I think
we did it in the first grade (1954) as a recital at a PTA meeting).  To the
best of my recollection it was "Itsy bitsy spider".  I cannot recall ever
having heard the phrase "eensy weensy", which in fact reminds me mostly of "Eeny
meeny miney mo
                      Catch a tiger by the toe..."

(Yes, even in Kentucky in the 1950's it was "tiger" not "n****r by the  toe").

My wife, who is a native of /dee TROIT/, Michigan, also says it is "itsy

      - James A.  Landau

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