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Rowing in a straight line

One major downside to "Row, row, row your boat" having verses in recent British usage is that it isn't ever sung as a round in local baby groups.

On the other hand, the emphasis just generally with most these song/rhyme groups is in teaching children from an early age to have common cultural capital, rather than actual musicality or an interest in music. The sort of thing that might (should the song ever come up, which it thus far hasn't) lead them to understand why the "Old Lady" in Little Inferno is subtitled "Perhaps she'll die."

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owlfish
Apr. 21st, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
I should have said, this post was a followup to this one: http://owlfish.livejournal.com/1225532.html

Screaming when you see a crocodile is an inevitable second verse to the second in all local children's groups, something which appears to be a development in the last c. 20 years.
kashmera
Apr. 21st, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Oh right didn't see that one - I'd never heard of all those other versions.

For me, not singing as a round takes all the fun out of it...
gillpolack
Apr. 22nd, 2013 07:26 am (UTC)
We'd sing it as a round when we felt like it... but vary the version. We were greedy children and wanted it all...