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posted by [personal profile] selkie at 04:12pm on 13/03/2012
From [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume, [livejournal.com profile] sovay, [livejournal.com profile] erzebet and others! This looks very subversive and cute and diabolical and interesting.



"The Cinderella jump rope rhyme was in actual use in the United States at least as late as the 1970s and 1980s: "Cinderella, dressed in yella/Went downstairs to kiss her fella/By mistake her girdle busted/How many people were disgusted?/One, Two, Three, Four..." Fast forward to nowadays, and put that rhyme in the hands of speculative poets and short-story writers and their friends. These are people with a lurid sense of humor, a color palette not limited to yellow, and a deep interest in imagining for Cindy some life-changing experiences beyond snake kissing and girdle busting. The rhymes found in Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes were written in a collaborative freestyle whimsy, with each author adding a rhyme until a delightful series had been created. Add to that the illustrative powers of artist Adam Oehlers, and the final product was this little chapbook. Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes shows you what a childhood pastime looks like when you dial macabre up to eleven. If playground fun got married to the genetically engineered child of Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman, their offspring would be Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes. Go ahead, nourish your inner Victorian orphan - or buy a copy for the Wednesday Addams in your life. Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes is a Cabinet des Fées production. All proceeds will be used to support Cabinet des Fées and charities of its choice."
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posted by [identity profile] darthrami.livejournal.com at 08:37pm on 13/03/2012
"Cinderella, dressed in yella/Went downstairs to kiss her fella/By mistake her girdle busted/How many people were disgusted?/One, Two, Three, Four..."

Totally off-track, but. I've never once heard that version. Fascinating.
 
posted by [identity profile] strange-selkie.livejournal.com at 08:38pm on 13/03/2012
Well, I never heard any of them, so... :) ?

Also, why would Cinderella be wearing a girdle?
 
posted by [identity profile] darthrami.livejournal.com at 08:51pm on 13/03/2012
I don't know. But why would she have accidentally kissed a snake, either? (the version that we sang)
 
posted by [identity profile] strange-selkie.livejournal.com at 08:53pm on 13/03/2012
Baby, that's a metaphor.
 
posted by [identity profile] darthrami.livejournal.com at 09:04pm on 13/03/2012
Yes, I know. But as a child you don't, and yet we don't question it.
 
posted by [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com at 10:28pm on 13/03/2012
But as a child you don't, and yet we don't question it.

So many things we don't question! I remember singing "Lisa and Mark, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G" before I even knew that I was spelling out a word, let alone what the word was.
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posted by [personal profile] vivien at 01:29am on 14/03/2012
That's the only one I know, too.

"Miss Mary Mack" was more popular in my school.
 
posted by [identity profile] darthrami.livejournal.com at 01:31am on 14/03/2012
That was more popular in my schools, too. Though Miss Suzie had a Steamboat was more popular than any of the others.
 
posted by [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com at 10:26pm on 13/03/2012
I promise you, we did use the girdle busting version!
 
posted by [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com at 10:28pm on 13/03/2012
Thanks for the signal boost, Selkie!

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