What's That About Cocoa Puffs?

I watched a group of DQ's friends on the playground the other day.

They were doing one of those group hand-slappy things that, for lack of better way of explaining, is like a bigger girl patty-cake.

The song went like this.....

Down down baby, down down the roller coaster
Sweet sweet baby, sweet sweet don't let me go
Shimmy shimmy coco pop
Shimmy shimmy rock
Shimmy shimmy coco pop
Shimmy shimmy rock.

I ate a biscuit, a biscuit!
It was sweet, a biscuit!
Apples on the table, peaches on the floor
Baby I don't love you any more.

To the front, to the back, to the side side side
To the front, to the back, to the side side side
Ladies and gentlemen listen to this
This little girl's gonna boogie for you
She's gonna turn around, touch the ground
Boogie oogie oogie til her pants fall down, FREEZE!

WHO comes up with these lines?

I swore they were talking about cereal in the beginning, then biscuits, and fruit?

Why are her pants eventually falling down, does she need a belt?

I remember the just-as-random jump-ropes songs when I was little.

2-4-6-8, who do we appreciate?
The boys, the boys
Push them in the hot stuff
Sock 'em in the jaw
Flush 'em down the toilet, RAH RAH RAH!

Now that makes so much more sense right?!

What exactly is the HOT STUFF?

Anyone care to help me out here? ;)

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  1. Carol said...

    Yeah there's is nonsense and yours totally makes sense.

    Must be a generation issue eh?

  2. WeaselMomma said...

    At this age I think 'hot stuff' is lava. As they turn into teens 'hot stuff' means Tommy Hilfiger or something similar.

  3. Sarah McBride said...

    we had some pretty wierd rhymes as a kid. Something about Miss Lucy had a baby and named it tiny tim. and a woman with an alligator purse.

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  4. Stephanie said...

    Oh Lord...I don't think we want to know. My oldest is only seven and it worries me the stuff they learn and how fast they grow up(or think they do) for lack thereof!

  5. Brittany said...

    I can't.

    I am pretty sure DQ's version, along with Mary Mack were my playground mainstays:)

  6. A Christian Mom said...

    LOL... I can't even remember what we use to do... oh wait, "Rocking Robin". But I'm old so no one probably even remembers that.

  7. Linda S said...

    I think if you play it backwards on a record player it says "john is dead"...or "yoko is the 5th Beatle" or something like that...

  8. Lindsay said...

    LOL cracking up.. no idea what the first one was about.. but not so sure I liked the ending.. and completely clueless about the hotstuff.. :-P

  9. Unknown said...

    Too funny! And the hot stuff...I am still cracking up!

  10. Rachel said...

    Ay ay ay -- yeah, that's definitely a new addition to that chant!!!

  11. BookMamma said...

    I totally remember the shimmy shimmy cocoa pop song! Haven't you ever seen "Big"?

    I think its hilarious and cool that these songs are still around. How about this one we used to do to a hand clapping thingy:

    Say, say, oh playmate,
    Come out and play with me
    And bring your dollies three
    Climb up my apple tree
    Shout down my rain barrel
    Slide down my cellar door
    And we'll be jolly friends
    Forever more more more more more

    Say, say, oh playmate
    I cannot play with you
    My dolly's got the flu
    Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo
    Ain't got no rain barrel
    Ain't got no cellar door
    But we'll be jolly friends
    Forever more more more more more

    That one's prety tame - I also remember some risque ones!

  12. jill jill bo bill said...

    OMG!!! Amy and I STILL do that Shimmy shimmy cocoa pop thing when we are together. I know you are in tears thinking your baby will be like us!!!!!

  13. Unknown said...

    Oh, that's nothing!

    My 2nd grader came home singing the "Down down baby" part, so I thought I'd look it up online to find the right words, and maybe a version on iTunes.

    I found some very, umm, inappropriate versions online!! Thankfully, her teacher sent home to words. And they're not like DQ's version, either!

  14. Jo-Jo said...

    I remember one we use to do. It was about Miss Mary Mac. She was all dressed in black and for some reason she jumped so high that she didn't come back till the 4th of July!

    Thanks for the get well wishes. We are all on the up and up!

  15. Ali said...

    Kind of off topic but thank you for putting the bangles on your playlist! It's cloudy, I'm tired, I feel a cold coming on, but Manic Monday is really lifting my spirits right now!

  16. Anonymous said...

    Umm, hot stuff is the stuff that comes out of a oven....I think!


    This is hilarious, I don't know who makes these lines up, but it does seem to be a normal childhood ritual.

    I wouldn't worry too much, just sit back and chuckle for what it's worth.

    I'm chuckling....

  17. Tiffany said...

    HAHA I remember those songs and they made no sense back then. I guess things don't change. LOL

  18. Hawksdomain said...

    This is just too funny because I was trying to remember the words to it (Down by the roller coaster) the other day! Although, it seems your girls have some different verses.... I still don't recall the exact words but I do know we had no biscuits or fruit, and I do recall the last verse was:

    "Forgot to feed the baby,
    Lazy, Lazy.
    Jumped out the window,
    Crazy, Crazy.
    Eenie meanie bops-a-meanie,
    I love you, Tutti Fruiti."

    We may have been potential bad parents and jumping out of windows, but we at least kept our clothes on! ;)

    I have never heard of pushing boys into hot stuff.... but I do like the idea of socking them in the jaw! :) LOL

    Thanx for helping to bring back some great childhood memories! :)

  19. Merrie said...

    How about all those songs where we almost swore, but didn't? The Miss Suzy song? We didn't say ass, we said ASK! We were so clever.

  20. Vicki said...

    Ok that cracked me up!! Where DOES this stuff come from? I actually have heard the first part of the "big girl patty cake" but the rest?? Uhhh...hmmm!?!?! When I saw the "pants fall down" I thought, "Oh, ok..." LOL!!!!
    Too funny about the old one - yes, what IS the hot stuff!?!?! ;)

  21. Anonymous said...

    In my humble opinion, the "hot stuff" is analogous to the "junk in their trunk", the "boyz down below", or the "family jewels." Just my two cents :-)

    I do remember these rhymes - but not the part about the girls pants falling down. Amazing what concepts kids come up with these days!

  22. Jennifer said...

    LOL...I actually remember the down down baby...yep Im a youngin'! I do know the 2...4...6...8...but hot stuff??? You got me!

  23. Tenakim said...

    boogie oogie oogie till her pants fall down... I thought they were referring to me th eother night- that's why I wore a jumpsuit!

  24. Unknown said...

    Sassy likes to make up songs- half Hannah Montana lyrics, half her own- but they usually make no sense! She would like your taste in music!

  25. Me said...

    Ok, can't answer about all of it, especially not the last part, but the coco puff part I remember from the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks. He and his friend do it--and it is what helps his friend realize he is his friend when he gets big. Love that movie!

  26. Sue Wilkey said...

    Bwahaha -flush 'em down the toilet...I still say that about my husband.

  27. Anonymous said...

    I'm right there with you - in LOSTville. Doesn't make a smidgen of sense to me but it sounds cute it that sing songy voice doesn't it?

  28. Marla said...

    really... where do they come up with these things... maybe it's like when you think you know the words to the song but you are way off... like a game of telephone gone wrong :)

  29. Cheryl Lage said...

    Here's hoping their idea of "hot stuff" is more along the lines of overheated food! ;) (and actually, I bet it is...)

    My kids (now 7) enjoy "Boys rule; Girls drool" (and the reverse sentiment.)


  30. Kat said...

    I have heard the cocoa pop one. Do you remember the Mc Donald's one? We had some other one too that weren't very nice! ha ha

  31. Unknown said...

    LOL I remember miss lucy had a steamboat the steamboat had a bell yadda yadda yadda...lilest bean has new words to our old classics...loved this post brought back many memories

  32. Anonymous said...

    I'm shocked about the pants fall down.....Don't know what else to say.

    If anyone remembers "Miss Mary Mac, Mac, Mac, all dressed in black, black, black"???? my daughter was told that was racist and was not permitted at school. Per school staff. Oh well.

  33. scargosun said...

    Maybe it was "punch them in the hotstuff"?

    I remember the coco puffs one, Miss Mary Mack...I know there were more.

  34. scargosun said...

    Maybe it was "punch them in the hotstuff"?

    I remember the coco puffs one, Miss Mary Mack...I know there were more.

  35. Momo Fali said...

    This cracked me up! Not only does my nine year old do these hand clapping/handshake things, but she does a different one with EACH friend. Yet, she can't remember to put her dirty socks in the laundry chute. Go figure.

  36. Insane Mama said...

    I kinda like the shimmy shimmy cocoa puff one better than some I have heard.

  37. Anonymous said...

    My girls are really in to this whole hand clapping thing. I don't remember a whole of of them from when I was in school.

  38. Bob and Jenn Peacock said...

    My almost 9 year old is always singing some new "jump rope" or "hand clapping" song.

  39. Heather said...

    LOL...LMNOB has yet to fully coordinate with these, but I SOOOOOOOOOOO remember them.

    I'm with Elizabeth on the 2 4 6 8 thing referring to the boys' junk...b/c the version I remember was: "2,4,6,8, who do we really hate? The boys...." it's all about being mean to boys ;) Remember that one is popular about the time that boys are tormenting girls on the playground - so cut 'em some slack.

    The funniest thing I ever read about playground rhymes was over at Woulda Coulda Shoulda - she cast new light on the Cinderella jump rope verse for me. Oh the horror!

  40. Mommy Meryl said...

    My 6 year old came home with soooooooooooo many of those this summer after spending time with "older" girls at camp! I think hers was like: "ABCD, that's the way uh-huh, uh-huh I like it, you got your way, I got my way, peace, puf, captain crunch (so what is it with the breakfast cereals). . .whoops, I can't remember the rest. .. then someting with "poof with the attitude". ..I definitely know we had our sayings, but I don't think we said "poof with the attitude"! :-) but, its cute all the same. ..

  41. Unknown said...

    Hah what a strange song they sing...the things kids that age come up with!

    Jarod tells me the weirdest things that he thinks are hysterical...I am just sitting there rolling my eyes in wonder and amazement. lol

  42. Jenni said...

    I know similar songs...

    Who do we really hate?
    The boys! They boys!
    Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Flush them down the toilet
    Ha Ha Ha!

  43. Patrice said...

    OMG reading this post & reading the comments was like a trip down memory lane! I completely forgot about these! Ahh we had so many! lol
    Definitely never heard of the one's you mentioned, though, lol! Especially about kicking them in the hot stuff!! ahahhaha that cracks me up!!!!

  44. Unknown said...

    that is so funny! i never understood the words to all the things that i used to chant when i was a kid. now that they have been modified to 'keep up with the times', forget it! i feel old!

  45. Jill said...

    I've only heard the Down Down Baby song done by Laurie Berkner - and my girls love it... and will sing it non stop.

    The others? What fun memories!

  46. Lapa37 said...

    ROFLMAO how about this old favorite
    Miss mary mack mack mack all dressed in black black black....

  47. JenEverAfter said...

    I am very disappointed that today's youth have bastardized these songs! And even more disappointed that you did not march right over there and correct them on it!!! The first part was from "Big," the last paragraph I learned at cheerleading camp when I was 10....
    Hi my name is Jen and I'm doing fine
    I'm guaranteed to BLOW you mind!
    I can turn around, touch the ground
    Get back up and boogie on down!

    Each cheerleader would take a turn. Now go teach them thar girls right!

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