Mainly Mother Goose

Elephant Records, Inc. Edition (Canada)

Elephant Records, Inc. Edition (Canada)

Original Release Date: 1984

Re-Release Dates:
July 20, 2004
February 12, 2008

©1984 Elephant Records Inc.
©1984 Drive Entertainment, Inc.
©2004 Casablanca Kids, Inc.

Distributed by:
Elephant Records, Inc.
A&M Records Canada, Ltd.
EMI Music Canada, Ltd.
A&M Records, Inc.
Drive Entertainment, Inc.
Casablanca Kids, Inc.

Available On:
Vinyl LP / Cassette / CD / Songbook

1. Humpty Dumpty
2. Move Over
3. Simple Simon
4. Walking Up The Stair / Such A Gettin' Upstairs /
Ol' John Rabbit

5. Miss Muffet / The Eensy Weensy Spider
6. Terrence McDiddler / Three Little Fishies / 'Ishin'
7. Riding & Marching Medley*
8. Diddle, Diddle Dumpling
9. Old King Cole / Der Rebbe Elimelech
10. Bluebird, Bluebird
11. There Was A Little Girl
12. Cats & Mice Medley**
13. Five Green Apples
14. Food Medley***
15. Doctor Tinker Tinker
16. Pop! Goes the Weasel
17. Little Rabbit Foo-Foo
18. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
19. Jack & Jill
20. Ha-Ha, This-A-Way
21. Two Little Blackbirds / Five Little Chickadees
22. El Sereno
23. Mary Had A Little Lamb
24. Rub-A-Dub-Dub
25. Jump Josie / Skip To My Loo
26. A Riddle
27. Rain Medley****
28. Jumping Joan
29. Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?
30. Ride A Cock-Horse / Rings On Her Fingers
31. Ten Little Fingers
32. Arabella Miller
33. As I Was Going Out One Day
34. Savez-Vous Planter Les Choux?
35. Old Woman, Old Woman
36. Lavender's Blue
37. Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake
38. Fais Do-Do / Rock-A-Bye, Baby
39. I Had A Little Doll

*This Is The Way the Ladies Ride / Yankee Doodle / The Grand Old Duke of York / My Pony Boy

**Three Little Kittens / Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat / Hickory Dickory Dock / Three Blind Mice

***Peas Porridge Hot / Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater / Polly Put the Kettle On

****It's Raining, It's Pouring / Rain on the Green Grass / If All the Raindrops / Doctor Foster /
Rain, Rain Go-Away

Album Notes:

'What is really wanted,' said our friend Hy over tea, 'is for you to gather a bundle of Mother Goose songs and rhymes and put them on your next record.' 'What a splendid idea,' we replied and finishing our cakes and crumpets, we raised our cups in a toast to Mother Goose and the prospect of a delightful quest.

Now, many months later, our gathering is done, and in the process we have slipped back in time to memories of our children, and our own childhood. We searched our memories, and the more we searched, the more we remembered - the lullabies, knee-dandles, finger plays, baby games, toe-names, riddles, cautions, jingles and tunes that make up the body of poetry and song collected over a span of two centuries which is known as 'Mother Goose' in America and 'Nursery Rhymes' in Britain.

We sang them for our friends, and they in turn remembered how others we had never known or had long forgotten. And so it went - remembering, reading, singing, gathering, listening, laughing, crying, and more remembering - until our pockets and cases bulged with pages and lists of songs and rhymes that must be set down on this record.

But what of those other songs of childhood, well-worn and loved, that are not part of the Mother Goose tradition? We recalled the Three Little Fishies, and old Doctor Tinker, and what of Arabella Miller and the Five Chickadees? And Rabbit Foo-Foo - we certainly couldn't leave him out. There are simply not enough grooves on any record to include them all... And so we made decisions - hard ones to make, because important feelings were at stake. Sharon must have Pony Boy, Lois needed There Was A Little Girl; Bram wanted I Had A Little Doll - and we knew the children would want the all-time favorites Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and old King Cole. How to manage it all?

Finally, of course, we did, and here they are: 61 songs and rhymes both well-known and rare. We sing and recite the rhymes as well as remember them; there are surprisingly few variations,f or young children find great comfort in the continuity. They say, 'tell it again, tell it again just the same'.* The rhymes and songs are meant to please and delight the children, and to serve the adults as another link in the long tradition of singing and crooning the young. These Mother Goose rhymes have endured from one generation to the next because parents have loved them and have passed them on to their children.

We sing of rabbits and rings, gumdrops and kings. We hope you will too.

- Sharon, Lois & Bram

*Opie, Iona and Peter, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, Oxford University Press, 1951, p.8.

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