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I'm a little tea pot

I realized yesterday that none of the local baby/toddler song groups I've been going to for the last several years has done "I'm a little teapot." And yet I *know* I know at least a couple of UK natives who know it, having heard them use it before.

Poll #2011574 Tea pot

Are these the lyrics you know?

I'm a little tea pot
62(16.1%)
Short and stout
62(16.1%)
Here is my handle
57(14.8%)
Here is my spout
58(15.0%)
When I get all steamed up
20(5.2%)
Hear me shout
43(11.1%)
Tip me over
33(8.5%)
and pour me out.
51(13.2%)

A history of teapots

I grew up in the UK with this song.
36(51.4%)
I grew up in the US with this song.
15(21.4%)
I grew up somewhere else with this song.
8(11.4%)
I did not grow up with this song.
2(2.9%)
I learned this song later in life.
4(5.7%)
The actions are too complicated for babies/toddlers.
2(2.9%)
This song has gone out of fashion in the UK.
3(4.3%)

Do you have a teapot?

My household has a teapot.
29(31.2%)
My household has more than one teapot.
34(36.6%)
My household is teapot-free.
5(5.4%)
I used to have a teapot, but do not any more.
4(4.3%)
Hurray for lots of variety in kinds of tea/infusions to drink, even if it precludes needing to a teapot to share!
21(22.6%)


P.S. There's a missing "have" in that last line.

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coughingbear
May. 21st, 2015 10:14 am (UTC)
The last section for me was something like

When you see the teacups
Hear me shout
Tip me up
And pour me out!

And we also sang 'Here's my handle...' not 'Here is my handle...'
the_alchemist
May. 24th, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
That's the version I know too.
littleowl
May. 21st, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
I also grew up with:" When I see the teacups, hear me shout, tip me up and pour me out"

Edited at 2015-05-21 05:41 pm (UTC)
whatifoundthere
May. 22nd, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
There was a commercial when I was a little kid that had a version of this song whose lyrics were changed to be about whatever the product was -- I think it may have been a new improved tea bag, but some half-assed Googling isn't turning it up. Anyway, the jingle ended, "Dip me in, rich flavour pours out" and even THEN I was irritated at the bad scansion.
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