[Ads-l] Pop goes the weasel

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sun Mar 19 10:35:55 EDT 2017

"Written by W.R. Mandale." (Elsewhere "arranged by Charles Twiggs.")

George Stimpson wrote*:

"The authorship of this song is generally attributed to "W. R. ManĀ­dale," about whom no information appears to be available and who may be a mythical person."

"Mythical" or not, words of another song (or two?) is attributed to him, imperfect copy, via WorldCat and at Australian National Library:

"The Maiden's Prayer" and maybe (listed differently in two sources) "Rosalie the prairie flower."

Stephen G.


What does weasel mean in pop goes the weasel?: Information ...<http://stimpson.allfunandgames.ca/informationroundup/what_does_weasel_mean_in_pop_goes_the_weasel.php>
Pop goes the weasel is a curious old phrase that survives only in the refrain of a nineteenth-century comic song, which runs:

From: American Dialect Society <...> on behalf of Jonathan Lighter <...>
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:23 AM
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Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Pop goes the weasel

I tried to post the following yesterday afternoon, but it has yet to
appear. Just in case it's lost in some cyber-dimension:

1853 W. Lambert Edmonds, ed. _The Cremorne Comic-Song Book, First Series_
(London: W. Allman) 9:

Written by. W. R. Mandale. Sung by W. L. Edmonds. Published by Brewer & Co.

In ev'ry street, on ev'ry wall,
 In ev'ry lane with hoarding,
In shops and stalls, both great and small,
 In windows and on boarding --
Placarded high and posted low,
 In letters large I see still,
Where'er I turn, where'er I go,
 "Pop goes the weasel!"
                Fol de rol de riddle ol,
                Pop goes the weasel!

[Read the whole song, if you haven't already, at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__tinyurl.com_kn7szxf&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=uUVa-8oDL2EzfbuMuowoUadHHcJ7pjul6iFkS5Pd--8&m=GqahECRK7Q24liBJhCPpFNVSKQFD6FFyONQ0-PACigU&s=nzYzYhzZ5bB7WfnzEOK5wjSI_kl0elKhaSLt_clIdBw&e=

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, pp. 9-11.  The exasperated singer cannot find anyone who can explain the
meaning of the phrase.]



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