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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.
27(40.9%)
Itsy Bitsy Spider is a song.
30(45.5%)
Other answer (please specify in comments)
9(13.6%)

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bugshaw
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
It may well be a song, but I only know a tune for the last line, the first three were mainly spoken.
non_trivial
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
I know it as 'incy wincy spider', and it has a tune.
desperance
Jan. 10th, 2013 08:35 pm (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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tisiphone
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say it's a song exactly, but it's definitely recited in a sing-song fashion.
rjw1
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
i cant decicde between the 2 options.
also yes incey wincey is a valid variant :)
rhiannon76
Jan. 10th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Definitely a song, with a full set of miming gestures to accompany/illustrate it.
retsuko
Jan. 10th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Seconding, from immediate personal experience! ;)
whotheheckami
Jan. 10th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Incy Wincy spider is a song
highlyeccentric
Jan. 10th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
... but so many nursery rhymes are also songs! They're overlapping categories.
ashfae
Jan. 12th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
this!
inamac
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:44 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.
sollersuk
Jan. 11th, 2013 03:43 am (UTC)
I don't know any tune for it. And it wasn't "Itsy Bitsy", it was "Incey Wincey".
del_c
Jan. 11th, 2013 04:17 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.

moral_vacuum
Jan. 11th, 2013 06:05 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"...
curtana
Jan. 11th, 2013 03:16 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 :)
jemck
Jan. 11th, 2013 06:17 am (UTC)
Incy Wincy, and with a proper tune and actions, so a participatory song.
sam_t
Jan. 11th, 2013 08:17 am (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.
autopope
Jan. 11th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Other comment: never heard of it until I was an adult. Still wouldn't recognize it if I heard/saw/read it.
heleninwales
Jan. 11th, 2013 09:06 am (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.
ninebelow
Jan. 12th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Nursery rhymes are a subset of songs so a tick for nursery rhyme is a tick for both.
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