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Rowing with crocodiles

Row, row, row your boat...

Life is but a dream
50(59.5%)
If you see a crocodile/don't forget to scream
14(16.7%)
Gently with the tide/to the other side
1(1.2%)
Throw your teacher overboard/and watch your teacher scream
10(11.9%)
Something else, to be mentioned in comments
9(10.7%)


I grew up with the bare minimum of "life is but a dream", with the occasional schoolyard bonus of throwing one's teacher overboard.

Here, the crocodile second verse is mandatory, but somewhat boggling in the way it's worded. What would happen if one absent-mindedly forgot to scream? It's like a bored tourist with a rote travel itinerary: Rowed boat? Check. Saw crocodile? Check. Screamed? Oh, what a waste, I totally forgot to do that.

The crocodile verse, on less frequent occasions, can also lead to lots of other animal variants. ("gently down the river/if you see a polar bear/don't forget to shiver")

The "tide" version I've heard a couple of times, but always at the same place, in a recording.

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alextiefling
Apr. 19th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
Exactly this.

I mean, we had "gently down the stream / throw the teacher overboard / then s/he'll really scream", but that was a knowing subversion of the "merrily merrily merrily" version.