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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jump Rope Jingles

The Asphalt Feared Me.                           

From search on "Google Images"
I was a Jump Rope Monster.

Me and My Clothesline Ruled Recess.

Well, not really....

I was an avid jump-roper in elementary school. I used to absolutely love it. With the news that my elementary school has closed, it brought back a lot of memories of that much beloved school.

 I used to bring a clothesline which we would sometimes wet to add weight and we would either double it or extend it the full length and see how many people we could get in the rope at one time.

But I digress...

One thing that I can't pass down is the jump-rope songs my friends and I used to jump rope to (I have a boy) . If you have daughters, have you passed them down to your girls? Did you have jump rope songs?  What were they? What found memories do you have of jump roping with  your friends. We had a variety. If you didn't, here are some you can use that we loved.

This one gets it's fun because each sentence's ending begins the next...

Miss Suzy Had a Baby

From search on "Google Images"
Miss Suzy had a baby, she named it Tiny Tim,
She put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim,                           
He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap,
He tried to eat the bathtub, but it wouldn't go down his throat.

Miss Suzy called the doctor,
The doctor called the nurse,
The nurse called the lady with the alLigator purse
The doctor said it's measles,
Mumps said the nurse,
Chicken pox said the lady with the alligator purse.

A dollar for the doctor,
A dollar for the nurse,
A dollar for the lady with the alligator purse.

Miss Suzy was so popular she had two songs. This was the favorite because of the double entendre. We had no idea of that phrase was, but we loved the song because of it.

Miss Suzy Had a Tugboat

Miss Suzy had a tugboat, the tugboat had a bell,
Miss Suzy went to heaven, the tugboat went to
...H-E-L-L-O operator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss Suzy fell upon it and broke her little
ASK me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies.
Miss Suzy told me all of this the day before she ...
DYED her hair in purple, she dyed her hair in pink,
She dyed her hair in polka dots and washed it down the sink I think.

From search on "Google Images"
Jolly Peppers

High, low, jollypeppers

Sleepy, salty, jolly peppers
High, low, jolly peppers
Sleepy, salty, jolly peppers

High = bring the rope up about six inches and the jumper has to jump over it
Low = rope just swings side to side, for some reason we always called this bluebells
Jolly peppers = hot peppers. The rope goes really fast
Sleepy = jump with your eyes closed
Salty =Rope spins the oppsite way, we called this "backdoors"  (counterclockwise) and you have to jump in.

24 Robbers

Not last night but the night before, 24 robbers came knocking at my door...
As I jumped out (jump out of the swinging rope) to let them in, (Come in "backdoors", see above)
Asked them what they wanted and this is what they said,
"Spanish dancers turn all the round, Spanish dancers touch the ground,
Spanish dancers go upstairs, Spanish dancers say your prayers,
Spanish dancers turn off the light, Spanish dancers spell goodnight
G-O-O-D-N-I-G-H-T, Goodnight"

I have no idea why we were invoking Spanish dancers but we didn't question it.

Then there was always the tried and true, each grade had a different action but I can't for the life of me remember them all. I just remember that third grade was "bluebells" (see above), 11th grade was hot peppers and twelve you had to come in "backdoors".

From search on "Google Images"


S-C-H-Olly, Olly L Spells school and out (jump out of the spinning rope)...

I don't remember what grades you did what action. Getting old I guess...

What were some of your songs/jump rope jingles that you remember?


  1. I remember some of those you mentioned :) My daughter was asking about the rhymes 6 months ago when the jump rope bug hit her... I will have to read a few of these to her. Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Our new link up is up and running :)

  2. Thanks for bringing back childhood memories for some of us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)