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Spider at the library

Overheard at the library today, mother to c. 3 year old daughter: "Go get some books. But not all pink ones!"

Which of these statements about "Itsy Bitsy Spider" is most true in your personal experience?

Itsy Bitsy Spider is a nursery rhyme.
Itsy Bitsy Spider is a song.
Other answer (please specify in comments)


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Jan. 10th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
It may well be a song, but I only know a tune for the last line, the first three were mainly spoken.
Jan. 10th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
I know it as 'incy wincy spider', and it has a tune.
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Whereas I know it as Incy Wincy, but it's definitely a nursery rhyme to me. I suppose I have always known that there was a tune - but that's like knowing there's a film of a favourite book. You don't have to go and see it; you've already got the original, the one that matters.
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Jan. 10th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say it's a song exactly, but it's definitely recited in a sing-song fashion.
Jan. 10th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
i cant decicde between the 2 options.
also yes incey wincey is a valid variant :)
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Definitely a song, with a full set of miming gestures to accompany/illustrate it.
Jan. 11th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
Seconding, from immediate personal experience! ;)
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Incy Wincy spider is a song
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
... but so many nursery rhymes are also songs! They're overlapping categories.
Jan. 12th, 2013 10:03 am (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
(Another one who knows it as Incy Wincy Spider. It's a nursery rhyme with actions. Like This Little Piggy. A chant rather than a song.
Jan. 11th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
I don't know any tune for it. And it wasn't "Itsy Bitsy", it was "Incey Wincey".
Jan. 11th, 2013 08:17 am (UTC)
I only know it as a nursery rhyme, except that I've heard a filk version of it set to the tune of The Mary Ellen Carter.

Jan. 11th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
Incy Wincy is the English version, Itsy Bitsy the North American variant. And of course it's a song - Carly Simon spliced it onto the live version of "Coming Around Again"...
Jan. 11th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Itsy Bitsy might be the American version, but I wouldn't say North American - in Canada I learned it as Eensy Weensy. (And it is a song with actions for me :)
Jan. 11th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)
Incy Wincy, and with a proper tune and actions, so a participatory song.
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
You can't sing nursery rhymes? I know it as 'Incy Wincy', and I think of it as a nursery rhyme which can be sung or chanted. I don't know any actions.
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:28 pm (UTC)
Other comment: never heard of it until I was an adult. Still wouldn't recognize it if I heard/saw/read it.
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
Another vote for "Incy wincy spider" here. I'm not sure how you're distinguishing between "song" and "nursery rhyme", to be honest, but I'd class it as nursery rhyme. I'm sure it was regularly sung on Listen With Mother when I was a child and we definitely sang it at school -- with tune and actions.
Jan. 12th, 2013 07:26 am (UTC)
Nursery rhymes are a subset of songs so a tick for nursery rhyme is a tick for both.
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