Comments on: Oh little playmate, come out and play with me . . . http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:49:38 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: christina http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1986429 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:19:38 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1986429 I was taught an entirely different chant:

See, see my playmate,
I cannot play with you
My dolly’s got the flu
Chicken pox and measles too.
Down by the drain pipe
I met a dolly
A certain dolly
And I kept it too.

Just to show how different countries can be.

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By: Laura http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1904919 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:24:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1904919 CeCe, my playmate,
come out and play with me!
Bring your dollies three.
Climb up my apple tree.
Slide down my rainbow,
into my cellar door,
we’ll be jolly friends for ever more.
1 2 3 4!

I loved this song and sing it to my kids all the time. We did it as a hand clapping song, where you sit across from one another with your legs crossed and clap across your chest, slap your knees, clap your hands and then match hands with your friend, getting faster and faster as you went. After reading this, I now remember there was a response about not being able to come out because your dollies are sick with the flu. (I’m sorry, playmate. I cannot play with you. My dollies have the flu. Boohoohoohoo. I have no rainbow. I have no cellar door, but we’ll be jolly friends forever more. 1 2 3 4!) I always figured “CeCe” was a girl’s name.

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By: Maria A. http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1854641 Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:16:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1854641 It was a RAINY day,
She couldn’t come out and play.
With tearful eyes, she breathed a sigh
And I could hear her say,
I’m sorry, playmate,
I cannot play with you
My dollie has the flu,
Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo
….

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By: Dianne Smith http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1632423 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:08:09 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1632423 My mother always sang this version:

It was a sunny day,
she couldn’t come out to play
With tears in her eyes,
I heard her sigh and
I could hear her say,
“I’m sorry playmates,
I cannot play with you,
My dolly has the flu,
Boohoo, hoo, hoo, hoo,hoo
Ain’t got no rain barrel,
Ain’t got no cellar door,
But we’ll be jolly friends,
For evermore.”

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By: Sue http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1585039 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:09:04 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1585039 Mine was also one taught by my mother who sang it to me to be mean…. Ahhh Just her nature I suppose still love her tho despite her faults. I can remember many songs she taught me and this was one of them. Here is my version:

Hello playmate won’t you come play with me
and bring you dollies three,
Climb up my apple tree,
slide down my rainbow,
slide down the cellar door,
and we will be jolly friends forever more.
The response in return was something to the effect that the friend was sick and couldn’t come play.. age and CRS seem to have caught me and I can no longer remember the rest but everyone has great versions. Thanks so much everyone for the walk down memory lane.

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By: Joanne Wheatley http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1482417 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 01:49:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1482417 Thank you so much to all of you for this! I have been looking for the words for this for years. I learned this in about 1956 from my mother. My friends and I sang it together with a hand clapping game. Last year I tried to teach it to some children at the school where I was teaching in Kiev, but could not remember it all. I am still teaching and trying to keep these hand clapping and jump rope rhymes from being totally forgotten.
It was a joy to read all your versions and discussion. I did find mine in there.

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By: Virginia http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1302208 Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:48:11 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1302208 Here’s OUR version…

Hey say hey playmate
come out and play with me
and bring your dollies three
climb up my apple tree
climb up my rainspout
slide down my cellar door
and we’ll be jolly friends forever more.

So sorry playmate,
I can’t come play with you
my dolly has the flu,
boo hoo hooo hoo hooo hoo
but someday playmate
I will come play again
and we’ll be jolly friends
until the end.

THIS FROM MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER VIRGINIA WHEN I WAS ABOUT 3 (1995).
I understand there’s a 3rd version out there too!

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By: Tom Bauer http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1109214 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:43:59 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1109214 My mother’s version used “holler down my rain barrel” and there was a bridge that went something like:

I don’t want to play in your yard
I don’t like you any more
I won’t holler down your rain barrel
or slide down your cellar door
I won’t share with you my dollies
or climb up your apple tree
I don’t want to play in your yard
If you won’t be good to me

I’m amazed so many people remember their mother’s song! I am 76 and heard it around 1937-40. Tom Bauer

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By: Susanne Barnett http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-1093100 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:20:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-1093100 We used to play a “clap” game while singing this song. It seems there are numerous versions. I’m sure the words just changed as time went on. Here’s what we used to sing (1972-1973 era):

Playmate
Come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three
Climb up my apple tree
Slide down the rain barrel
And through the cellar door
And we’ll be jolly friends
Forever, more, more, more, more, more

Sorry
I cannot play with you
My dolly has the flu
Boo hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo
Aint got no rain barrel
Aint got no cellar door
But we’ll be jolly friends
Forever, more, more, more, more, more

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By: Katie http://www.historiann.com/2010/04/30/oh-little-playmate-come-out-and-play-with-me/comment-page-1/#comment-970771 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:42:52 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10804#comment-970771 My mom always sang it to me like this:

Playmate, come out and play with me,
And bring your dollies three,
Climb up my apple tree,
Look down my rain barrel,
Slide down my cellar door,
And we’ll be jolly friends forevermore

It was a rainy day
She couldn’t come out to play
With tears in her eyes,
She breathed with a sigh
And I could hear her say

I’m sorry playmate, I can’t come play with you,
My dolly has the flu
Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo
Can’t look down rain barrels,
Can’t slide down cellar doors,
But we’ll be jolly friends forevermore

I don’t know where the “look down rain barrels” vs. “shout” came from…? Interesting to see all the different versions on here :)

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