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

The Softoy (A8)

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The Softoy (A8)
Output - POKEY.svg
Arranger Unknown
Released 1983-??-??
Format SAP


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

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King's Quest: Quest For the Crown (DOS)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1987-??-??
Length 0:03
Format SND (Sierra)

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)

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The Three Stooges (DOS)
Arranger Larry Garner
Released 1987-??-??
Format UNK


Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (C64)

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Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (C64)
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Arranger Matthew Kane, Chris Grigg
Released 1988-10-??
Format SID



The Three Stooges (NES)

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The Three Stooges (NES)
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Arranger Gavan Anderson
Released 1989-10-??
Length 0:50
Format NSF


Fisher Price: I Can Remember (NES)

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Fisher Price: I Can Remember (NES)
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Arranger Gavan Anderson
Released 1990-03-??
Format NSF


Fisher Price: Perfect Fit (NES)

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Fisher Price: Perfect Fit (NES)
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Arranger Gavan Anderson
Released 1990-03-??
Format NSF


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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