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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
Short and stout
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout
Tip me over
and pour me out.

A history of teapots

I grew up in the UK with this song.
I grew up in the US with this song.
I grew up somewhere else with this song.
I did not grow up with this song.
I learned this song later in life.
The actions are too complicated for babies/toddlers.
This song has gone out of fashion in the UK.

Do you have a teapot?

My household has a teapot.
My household has more than one teapot.
My household is teapot-free.
I used to have a teapot, but do not any more.
Hurray for lots of variety in kinds of tea/infusions to drink, even if it precludes needing to a teapot to share!

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



May. 20th, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
A friend of my dad's generation, a big backwoodsman with a bushy beard who lives in a hit in the forest, won a talent competition as a boy with the following act.

'I'm a little teapot, short and stout, here's my handle, *places hand on hip*, here's my...*places other hand on hip*...handle?'

*looks confused*

'I'm a little teapot, short and stout, here's my handle, *places hand on hip*, here's my...*places other hand on hip*...handle?'

*looks even more confused, brow wrinkles*

*begins again full of joviality, determined to succeed*

'I'm a little teapot, short and stout, here's my handle, *places hand on hip*, here's my...Dammit, I'm a sugarbowl!'
May. 20th, 2015 02:12 pm (UTC)
hahaha! My mom always does the 'sugarbowl' variation too.

And, I cannot for the life of me remember what lyrics I learned instead of 'when I get all steamed up,' but I'm sure that's not what the line was...
May. 20th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
I keep thinking this, but when I try to remember how the second half goes, I get confused and end up with:

I'm a little teapot
Short and stout
Here's my handle
Here's my spout
something something
something something
Giddy up
We're homeward bound

Which is Not Right.
May. 20th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC)
"Horsey, horsey, don't you stop" has musical parallels with "Teapot" I had not previously considered!

(Horsey, horsey, don't you stop
Just let your feet go clippety-clop
Your tail goes swish and your wheels go round
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.
Plus more verses and an interlude beyond that.)
May. 20th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
In retrospect this is a very odd rhyme as horses don't usually have wheels (yes I know :-). No wonder I couldn't remember all the words!

Edited at 2015-05-20 05:21 pm (UTC)
May. 20th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
A different part of the song makes it clear that the horse is pulling a cart, so it makes sense eventually.

Edited at 2015-05-20 05:32 pm (UTC)
May. 20th, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
I <3 this joke, you beat me to its repetition ;-)
May. 20th, 2015 03:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry not sorry :-)

For me the best part is how it was told by this grizzled carpenter/oyster farmer in his dusty old cap and foot-long beard and overalls and boots, reliving his 7-year-old talent show self.
May. 20th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)