Pop Goes the Weasel

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Pop Goes the Weasel
Composer Traditional
Released c. 1853
Title Origin Official

Pop Goes the Weasel is an English nursery rhyme that accompanied a song and dance. It is mentioned in publications as early as 1853. Nobody really know what the song is about due to the odd lyrics. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 5249.

Games

Released

Game

Arranger

Length

Format

Listen

1983-??-?? The Softoy (A8) SAP
1987-??-?? King's Quest: Quest For the Crown (DOS) Unknown 0:02 SND (Sierra) (3 Voice)
1987-??-?? King's Quest: Quest For the Crown (DOS) Unknown 0:02 SND (Sierra) (PC Speaker)
1987-??-?? The Three Stooges (DOS) Larry Garner
1989-10-?? The Three Stooges (NES) Gavan Anderson 0:50 NSF
1990-03-?? Fisher Price: I Can Remember (NES) Gavan Anderson NSF
1990-03-?? Fisher Price: Perfect Fit (NES) Gavan Anderson NSF

The Softoy (A8)

King's Quest: Quest For the Crown (DOS)

King's Quest - DOS - Fiddle.png

When you play the fiddle you will hear the Pop Goes the Weasel. It is Sound.008 in the game's data files.

The Three Stooges (DOS)

The Three Stooges (NES)

Fisher Price: I Can Remember (NES)

Fisher Price: Perfect Fit (NES)

Sheet Music

Lyrics

Like most nursery rhymes, they lyrics to Pop Goes the Weasel have evolved over the ages. Here are some of the more interesting lyrics.

England (1856)

Up and down the City Road
In and out the Eagle
That's the way the money goes
Pop! goes the weasel.

USA (1858)

All around the cobbler's house,
The monkey chased the people.
And after them in double haste,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Contemporary England

Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That's the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Every night when I get home
The monkey's on the table,
Take a stick and knock it off,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Contemporary USA

All around the mulberry bush
            or cobbler's bench
The monkey chased the weasel;
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun
                or 'twas all in good sport
                or that it was a joke
Pop! goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle—
That's the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Jimmy's got the whooping cough
And Timmy's got the measles
That's the way the story goes
Pop! goes the weasel. 

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