Date: 2009-12-13 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-alchemist.livejournal.com
That's the bell says "I do not know", not that I'm saying I do not know.

Date: 2009-12-13 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
This was the intended interpretation of the poll item.

Date: 2009-12-13 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soupytwist.livejournal.com
Oh good, I was wondering too. Hahah.

(And 'old' doesn't rhyme! Also for some reason my brain wants to swap that item with "When I grow rich", which makes even less sense and is probably a sign I should try to go to sleep.)

Date: 2009-12-13 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
It doesn't, but it's still the version I remember as a child. The Shoreditch verse was "When I am rich" to compensate.

Date: 2009-12-14 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizw.livejournal.com
I know those lines as "When I am old" and "When I am rich" respectively.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] battlekitty.livejournal.com
holy crap, I was right... I don't really remember any of it clearly!

Date: 2009-12-13 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mostlyacat.livejournal.com
In the concert yesterday we did some of the verses of the (choir only) first carol in round-tastic form - so half the choir deliberately started a minim after the first half. Of course the audience probably thought that things had just gone terribly terribly wrong. In the last verse we did the same but four ways so they probably thought we had totally lost it by then.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harald387.livejournal.com
There's no "tickybox!" option.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Of course not, it doesn't scan.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirabehn.livejournal.com
*giggles*

Date: 2009-12-14 07:23 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] yoyoangel.livejournal.com
In a freaky coincidence, we were singing this at our family feast yesterday, and discussing the different endings used at different primary schools when it's used as a skipping rhyme.

Date: 2009-12-14 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] prolificdiarist.livejournal.com
I was thinking this when it came up on Twitter as well. :)

Date: 2009-12-14 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Oh, do some of them not end by chopping heads off? I don't know, kids these days...

Date: 2009-12-14 12:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] yoyoangel.livejournal.com
Our primary school had an extra bit about shaking it (the head) in a box and never letting it go, but we think it might be unique to our school.

Date: 2009-12-14 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirabehn.livejournal.com
... Ewwwwww. ;-)

Date: 2009-12-14 07:25 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] yoyoangel.livejournal.com
*Is* it 'at Bow' rather than 'of Bow'? We always sang 'of'.

Date: 2009-12-14 08:21 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] watervole.livejournal.com
We sang 'of Bow' as well.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
I always sang 'of Bow', but the Internet definitely wanted 'at' last night, so I was confused.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] watervole.livejournal.com
If there weren't multiple versions, it wouldn't be a traditional song.

That's practically the definition of trad or folk!

Besides, if you put 'great bell of Bow' into Google, you get plenty of hits.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Oh, no arguments there! It still made a good excuse for a poll, though.

Date: 2009-12-14 08:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
I think it's "of Bow", but wasn't sure enough to tick the box.

Date: 2009-12-14 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] midnightmelody.livejournal.com
Have you seen this project (http://www.ioe.ac.uk/newsEvents/27010.html)?

Date: 2009-12-14 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Ooh, no, I hadn't. That's fascinating.

Date: 2009-12-14 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woodpijn.livejournal.com
The version I know goes "I'm sure I don't know".

Date: 2009-12-14 12:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] yoyoangel.livejournal.com
That's interesting - definitely "I do not know says the Great Bell of Bow" at my school.

Date: 2009-12-14 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shuripentu.livejournal.com
The Great Bell of Bow says "I'm sure I don't know", according to Cubland.

Date: 2009-12-14 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thekumquat.livejournal.com
I have a copy of Mother Goose's Treasury upstairs extracted from my childhood boxes just so I could look up all 20-odd verses!
[checks]
"I'm sure I don't know," says the Great Bell at Bow.

Only 16 couplets, though.

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