Jump to content


What's with the ads?

Photo
- - - - -

Help me remember--children's rhyme that gives the chills


24 replies to this topic

What's with the ads?

#1 eternallytired

eternallytired

    Hive Mind Level 5 Worker: Forager Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 339 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:35 PM

My 6yo is super into me giving him the chills lately, but the only rhyme I can remember is the one that was more popular when I was older...which is rather gruesome. 

 

FYI, the one I can remember goes:

Treasure Island, Treasure Island [slowly drawing a large circle each time you say it]

X marks the spot. X marks the spot. [making a large X each time you say it]

Dot, dash, dot, dash, question mark. [self-explanatory]

Spider crawling up your back--gotcha! [fingers crawl up back and grab the back of the person's neck]

Spider crawling up your back--gotcha! [same as above]

Dagger in the back--blood rushes down! [pound your fist between shoulder blades as if stabbing, then run your fingers down from there as a river of blood]

Dagger in the back--blood rushes down! [same as above]

Cool breeze, tight squeeze, now you've got the chills!  [blow on the person's neck, squeeze both shoulders, and lightly tickle fingers all over back]

 

I've been skipping the "dagger in the back--blood rushes down" bit with him, but I'd love to remember the clean rhyme I learned when I was really little.  I know it started out "dot, dot, dash...dot, dot, dash..."  And I'm pretty sure you pretended to crack an egg and have the yolk run down.  I've searched online and found nothing like it, just odd versions of the one above.  Anyone?



#2 Tanaqui

Tanaqui

    Qualified Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 7584 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:39 PM

If we can't help you, you might try asking Mama Lisa. She often hosts requests for information on children's rhymes and the like on her site.


  • eternallytired likes this

#3 melbotoast

melbotoast

    ducks in a row

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 1481 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:41 PM

I remember a similar one that talked about the sandman but I think it had all the same gruesome bits.
  • eternallytired likes this

#4 Word Nerd

Word Nerd

    Empress Bee

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 11321 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:49 PM

I remember something like five knives in your back, blood trickling down, spiders crawling all around, a little squeeze and a cool breeze, now you have the chills.
  • GinaPagnato and eternallytired like this

#5 lovinmyboys

lovinmyboys

    Hive Mind Level 2 Worker: Nurse Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 1048 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:59 PM

We do:
X marks the spot
With a dot dot dot
A line line line
And a question mark
A wiggle wiggle here
A wiggle wiggle there
Rain
Egg cracking
Cool breeze
Warm squeeze
  • eternallytired likes this

#6 1bassoon

1bassoon

    Amateur Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 4503 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:59 PM

X marks the spot (draw x on back)

A circle and a dot (draw circle on back, poke in middle)

Up the river down the river (run fingers up then down back)

Cootie shot! (tickle in the middle of back)

Cold breeze (blow on person's neck)

Tight squeeze (squeeze shoulder)

Egg. . . . . (put fist on head)

Smashing down your head (smack fist, and pull hands down head)

 

 

That's the one I learned!


  • eternallytired likes this

#7 1bassoon

1bassoon

    Amateur Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 4503 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 10:00 PM

And ftr - my undergrad degree was in music education, and we had some really interesting coursework on folk rhymes, songs, and variations that have been passed from one area to another. This is kinda interesting stuff for me!



#8 bluemongoose

bluemongoose

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 1591 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 10:26 PM

Going on a treasure hunt X marks the spot (make the X)

Snakes crawling up your back (squiggle fingers up spine)

Bite you (squeeze back of neck lightly)

Snakes crawling down (squiggle down)

(Repeat the snake lines again.)

Take the cool breeze (blow on back of neck)

And a tight squeeze (squeeze back of neck)

And now you've got the chilly willies.

 


  • eternallytired likes this

#9 Word Nerd

Word Nerd

    Empress Bee

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 11321 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 10:47 PM


  • eternallytired likes this

#10 reefgazer

reefgazer

    Apprentice Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 5770 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 10:50 PM

Holy crap!  My childhood was so innocent; I never heard any of these, LOL.


  • TechWife, ksr5377, wendyroo and 2 others like this

#11 ikslo

ikslo

    Ninja Elephant Minion with Nunchucks

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 6953 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 11:28 PM

Holy crap! My childhood was so innocent; I never heard any of these, LOL.


Me either.
  • reefgazer likes this

#12 ondreeuh

ondreeuh

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 4037 posts

Posted 23 October 2015 - 11:31 PM

Going on a treasure hunt (walk fingers up the spine)

X marks the spot (draw an x)

Four big boulders (thump side of fist in a square pattern - shoulder blades and right below)

and one tiny rock (poke finger in the center)

Spider crawling up the spine (tickle with fingers up the spine)

Spider crawling down the spine

Slight breeze (blow on neck)

Tight squeeze (squeeze the sides)

Now you've got the shivers!

 

 



#13 RSL

RSL

    Just Visiting

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 02:30 PM

  • X marks the Spot with a Dash and a dot
  • and a dot and a dash and a big red question mark
  • The blood rushes up
  • the blood rushes down
  • little spiders all around 
  • cool breeze
  • tight squeeze
  • Egg on the head
  • now freeze
  • :)
  •  


#14 mykidsrmyjoy

mykidsrmyjoy

    Hive Mind Level 2 Worker: Nurse Bee

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 153 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 02:54 PM

This was our version:
Crisscross (draw a large X on the back)
Applesauce (knock on the back 3 times with your fist)
Spiders crawling up your back (walk lightly up the back with your fingers
Spiders crawling down your back (walk lightly down the back with your fingers)
Egg crack (knock gently on the top of the head with your fist and then open your hand and run it lightly down the head and neck)
Cool breeze (blow on the the neck)
Tight squeeze ( squeeze shoulders firmly)
Now you have the chills ( rub lightly all over the back with fingertips of both hands)
  • scoutingmom likes this

#15 Bensmom

Bensmom

    Hive Mind Level 5 Worker: Forager Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 826 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 02:58 PM

When I was a child, my mom did it:

X marks the spot
A circle and a dot
Dash, dot, dash, dot
Big question mark
Blood running down

When my ds son was little, I changed "blood running down" to "chocolate syrup all over". I never thought the "blood" was creepy when I was little. It just struck me as weird when I had a child of my own.

#16 ILiveInFlipFlops

ILiveInFlipFlops

    Hoarder of Blood Orange Mike's

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 5692 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 03:18 PM

This thread is a zombie, but I'm enjoying all the variations on the rhyme. The version I grew up with was much shorter and simpler. It never even crossed my mind that there were alternatives!
  • Bensmom likes this

#17 Tanaqui

Tanaqui

    Qualified Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 7584 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 03:29 PM

There's always alternatives. That's the beauty of oral traditions.



#18 SKL

SKL

    Qualified Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 26118 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 03:53 PM

Big X

little x

question mark

dot

squeeze-a-neck

crack-an-egg

now ya got the chills.



#19 bookbard

bookbard

    Hive Mind Level 4 Worker: Builder Bee

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 268 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 03:59 PM

Ours (Australia) goes like this.

 

"Going on a treasure hunt, X marks the spot (draw X on back)

 

Blood goes up, blood goes down. Blood goes up, blood goes down. (run fingers up and down back)

 

Cool breeze! (Breathe on neck)

 

Tight squeeze! (squeeze shoulders)

 

Crack an egg and make you freeeeze!" (Pretend to crack egg above head and it 'drips' - run fingers lightly over scalp.

 

ETA - We didn't have this growing up. I learned it from a younger sister as an adult, she used it with her kids and I ended up using it (and still do) with mine. I'll have to ask her where she got it from. 


Edited by bookbard, 26 June 2017 - 05:25 PM.


#20 Ali in OR

Ali in OR

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 5368 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 04:37 PM

Oh this is an old thread isn't it? But it's pulling a memory out of my brain that I didn't even know was there. My sister, our friend Melanie, and I would do this one (and enjoy having it done to us--it really did give you goose bumps):

 

Big X (draw on back)

Little X (draw smaller x on back)

Question Mark (draw out top part of question mark on back)

Marks the spot (emphasize the dot of the question mark on back)

Tight squeeze (squeeze shoulders)

Cool breeze (blow on back of neck)

Now you've got the shivers!



#21 Barb_

Barb_

    Master of None

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 9665 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 04:44 PM

This is great! We had one too but with different words. I'm going write all of these down because this was my kids' favorite game. I got mine from my cousin when we were both six.

Going on a treasure hunt (fingers walk up the back)
X marks the spot (draw and x, touch the middle)
Snakes crawling up your back (slither fingers in serpentine motion of the spine)
Bite you in the neck (startle-squeeze the neck gently)
Cool breeze (blow down neck)
Tight squeeze (grab sides with both hands)
(Draw this part out and startle at the end)
Noooow yoooou haaaave theeee....
CHILLS (grab sides again with both hands)

#22 nixpix5

nixpix5

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 889 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 05:32 PM

In Carson City NV it was:

Big x
little x
Question mark
Dot
Line line line line
Dot dot dot
Spider crawling up your back
Blood gushing down
Cool breeze
Tight squeeze
Now you have the shiveries.

Edited by nixpix5, 26 June 2017 - 05:33 PM.


#23 Rose M

Rose M

    in chilly northern BC

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 749 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 05:41 PM

West Coast Canada version:

 

dot, dot, line, line

spiders climbing up your spine

tight squeeze (gentle squeeze on back of neck)

cool breeze (blow on neck)

Now you've got the shiveries!

 



#24 kbutton

kbutton

    Apprentice Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 5253 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 05:56 PM

Going on a treasure hunt

X marks the spot

Three lines down and a ? mark

A pinch

A squeeze

A cool tropical breeze

Now you've got the chills.



#25 nixpix5

nixpix5

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 889 posts

Posted 26 June 2017 - 06:07 PM

This post has me curious now about all of the others like:

Down by the banks of...
say say oh playmate
Mrs. Susie had a tugboat

And all the rest... I was always curious about how those schoolyard rhymes made it from place to place. Good times :)