Friday, November 8, 2019

Nursery Rhyme.......

The other day I was at the grocery store with my grandson.  Had him in the shopping trolley buckled in and while we were waiting to cash out I was singing him this nursery rhyme:

Clap hands for daddy to come,
Give (child's name) a cake and a bun,
One with sugar and one with plum,
Clap hands for daddy to come.

The guy in front of me turns round and says:

"Did you say sugar and plum?"

Me: "Yes, why."

Guy: "No reason."

Cashier in broad Scottish accent: "Never heard of that one."

Woman behind me in a broad Scottish accent: "Me neither."

I thought this was a common nursery rhyme and British.  Am I wrong?


Angela said...

I confess that I didn't know this one - despite (a) being a mum and grandma for many years (b) having spent much of my working life in schools/nurseries/playgrounds... I just looked it up and it said its originally from Trinidad and Tobago

Frugally challenged said...

Clap hands for Daddy coming down the wagon way
with a cart load of hay nonny, no nonny, no, no, no.

Maybe just a Lincolnshire version/

William Kendall said...

I've never heard of it.

Jackie said...

Sorry, as a born and bred Canadian, I have never heard this one.

God bless.

Mary said...

I don't know this version, but when I was a young child (in the mid50s) my mom would have my sister and I wait at the window when my dad was on his way home from work and sing this version:

Clap hands, Clap hands til daddy comes home. Daddy has money and Mommy has none.

We are American, not British, so apparently it was known here too :)

Caree Risover said...

Sorry, always lived in the North East of England and have never come across it. We did have Jack Horner pulling out a plum and clapped hands for Daddy on the waggon way but no combination of cake and bun, or plum and sugar that I can recall.

Geneaknit's Roots said...

I hadn't heard that one, but Mum always sang the following with us. She'd clap our hands together and then open them wide for the last line.

Clap hands daddy comes
With a pocket full of plums
All for (child's name)

Margie from Toronto said...

Originally from Scotland too - never heard of it I'm afraid.

Winifred said...

I've never heard it either but like others I know the wagon way version.

Chris said...

Never heard it in Scotland when I was growing up.

Anonymous said...

Our version was:
Clap handies, clap handies
'till Daddy comes home.
Daddy got pennies
but Mummy got none.

Things must have been a bit harder round our way. We also weren't too fussy about grammar.

Susan said...

I have never heard either version of this rhyme. I like both.

Unknown said...

I sing
Clap hands daddy comes
With a pocket full of plums
Aaalllllll fooooor (name of child)

My mums from Manchester though

Anonymous said...


I only know this one, my mum sang it to me,I sang it to my children and now sing it to my grandson.

Anonymous said...

Kathy from the state of Maine...
Just wanted to say...
To avoid offending my daughter in law, I switch it up by saying:
“Clap hands, clap hands till Mommy comes home
Mommy’s got money and Daddy’s got none!
Clap hands, clap hands, till Daddy comes home
Daddy’s got money and Mommy’s got none!”
Especially since they both work.
Then again, I’ve also switched it up with, “Grandma has money and Grandpa has none”,
and vice versa.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes I sing it all the time to my grandchildren. My mum used to sing it to me and my siblings and I went on to sing it to my children and now that I'm a grandma, I sing it to my youngest grandchildren.
I like to sit them on my knee facing me and we clap hands and sing. My youngest grandchild claps along to the tune.

Gill Peters
England UK

Col said...

Clap hands, Daddy come,
Bring little (child's name) a cake and a plum,
The cake with a currant, the plum with a stone,
Clap hands, Daddy come home!

That's from my family, who, over the years have hailed from Blaydon, Durham, St. Helens, and Wirral! X

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