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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