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


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#1 eternallytired

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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

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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.


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#3 melbotoast

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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.
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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.
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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
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#6 1bassoon

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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!


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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!



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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.

 


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Posted 23 October 2015 - 10:47 PM


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#10 reefgazer

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 10:50 PM

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


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Posted 23 October 2015 - 11:28 PM

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


Me either.
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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!