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23Jun

Millie and Max tell us about Horsey Horsey

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‘Horsey Horsey’ is a comedy song written in 1937 by Paddy Roberts, Elton Box, Desmond Cox and Ralph Butler.

The original version contained two verses about a farmer on his way home from a market stopping at a pub called the ‘Load of Hay’ for ‘just one’ drink.

After three or four, he can’t help singing the chorus all the way home!

*DID YOU KNOW?
This song contains excellent examples of both onomatopoeia AND alliteration!

23Jun

Millie and Max tell us about If You're Happy And You Know It

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Many have noticed the similarities between this song and ‘Molodejnaya’, a song from the 1938 Soviet musical ‘Volga-Volga’.Grigori Aleksandrov came up with the idea for the film while rowing a boat on the San Francisco Bay with his friend Charlie Chaplin, who made up the name for the film as a joke.

*DID YOU KNOW?
When the Recording Industry Association of America started prosecuting individuals for downloading music in the early 2000s, widespread media attention was focused on a 12 year-old boy, whose downloads included ‘If You’re Happy and You Know it’!

23Jun

Millie and Max tell us about Old MacDonald Had A Farm

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A collection of World War I-era songs from 1917 called ‘Tommy’s Tunes’ contains a song called ‘Ohio’ with very similar lyrics, but a different farmer’s name: “Old MacDougal had a farm in Ohio-i-o”.

This is widely considered to be the earliest version of the song, but there are other variants, like ‘Old Missouri’, sung by H.F. Walker, which names different parts of a mule rather than different animals.

*DID YOU KNOW?
The English translation of what children sing in China is, “Old Mr Wang had some land”!

23Jun

Millie and Max tell us about Three Blind Mice

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An early version of this rhyme appears in a book called Deuteromelia or The Seconde part of Musicks melodie published in 1609 by Thomas Ravenscroft.Some speculate that it was inspired by an even earlier version which refers to Queen Mary I of England blinding three bishops!*DID YOU KNOW?When mice are born, they are colour-blind, but they can still detect movement up to 45 feet away!

23Jun

Millie and Max tell us about Three Little Monkeys

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Being a modern day nursery rhyme, the origins of this song are unknown.

What IS known is that bed jumping is an irresistible activity for all children.

In 2012, a boy was seriously injured after jumping on his bed and being bounced out his window, falling 12 feet to the ground – so don’t do it!

*DID YOU KNOW?
Jumping on the bed is not a great idea, especially with a number of monkeys.
Other than the fact that you might get hurt, your bed will quickly be covered in monkey poop.

23Jun

Millie and Max tell us about Incy Wincy Spider

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The original lyrics for this song are much too rude to include here!

Originally appearing in California in 1910, it was an angry response to the amount of spiders that were infesting people’s houses.

*DID YOU KNOW?
A 2004 episode of Peppa Pig called ‘Mr Skinny Legs’ was banned in Australia because it conveyed the message that ‘spiders can’t hurt you’.

Australia has many varieties of deadly spiders, including the Redback and funnel-web spiders.

23Jun

Millie and Max tell us about Frère Jacques

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Frère Jacques This rhyme is about a monk who possibly consumed too much mead the night before, and slept in – making him unable to do his job waking up the rest of the monks by ringing the morning bells.

Besides the more common French and English names, ‘Brother John’ is also known by a whole bunch of different names: in Afrikaans, he is ‘Vader Jakob’; ib Croatian, he is ‘Bratec Martin’; in Danish, he is ‘Mester Jakob’; in Dutch, he is ‘Broeder Jacob’; in Finnish, he is ‘Jaakko kulta’; in Hebrew, he is "אחינו הנהג"; and in Spanish, he is ‘Fray Santiago’.

23Jun

Millie and Max tell us about Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Jane Taylor wrote the poem “The Star” in the early 19th century.

It was first published in 1806 in ‘Rhymes for the Nursery’, which was a collection of poems by Jane and her sister.

It was originally sung to the tune of an old French song, “Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman”.

*DID YOU KNOW?
Every single atom in your body – from the calcium in your bones to the iron in your blood – was created in a star billions of years ago?
You were created in a star!