Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pop Goes the Weasel

One of my favorite songs to sing when I was growing up was "Pop, Goes the Weasel". I had many fantastical images in my head about what the words meant! As an adult, I have became very interested in all of the variations of this song.

I always sung this version when I was a child:

While all around the cobbler's bench,
the monkey chased the weasel,
the weasel though it all in fun,
Pop, goes the weasel.

Penny for a spool of thread,
Penny for a needle,
That's the way the money goes,
Pop, Goes the weasel.

Many of the folks that I have talked with sing this version:

While all around the mulberry bush,
The monkey chased the weasel,
The monkey stopped to pull up his sock,
Pop, goes the weasel.

Which version have you heard or do you have a different one?


  1. Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
    Half a pound of treacle.
    That’s the way the money goes,
    Pop! goes the weasel
    Up and down the City Road
    In and out the Eagle
    That's the way the money goes
    Pop! goes the weasel.
    That's the version I used to sing.
    Dave K

  2. Dave, Wow! Very different! Is treacle similar to molasses? Would the city road be referring to the road to London and would the Eagle be a pub?

    Things sure do change when they come across the pond!



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