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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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desperance
May. 21st, 2015 12:56 am (UTC)
I don't remember lines 5 & 6, but definitely 7 was "Tip me up", not "over". A tipped-over teapot is a calamity, spilling everywhere and probably breaking the lid.

I have had teapots all my life (and broken many lids); most of my life, I've had more than one. And used them daily, for different kinds of tea. (I like them colour-coded: black, green and white, for the three kinds of tea that I acknowledge.)

On the other hand, despite my clicking on that answer, I didn't really grow up with this song. It wasn't in our family repertoire. But I did grow up with a kid sister, who did go to ballet classes; she brought it home, complete with movements. We didn't adopt it (she was the youngest; of course we scorned her childish verses), but it stuck in my mind regardless.