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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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coth
Apr. 19th, 2013 08:12 am (UTC)
We mess with the song, taking it in turns to vary the verse. The only obligation is that it scan and rhyme with stream, so both the crocodile and the teacher have been sung, along with local variants such as:

"Don't forget the biscuits, we like the custard cream"

Also, because we are us, we vary the "Merrily": "Meriol, Meriol, Meriol, Meriol, life is but a dream"