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June 14th Holiday

Pop Goes the Weasel Day

Today’s holiday was a confounding one. Other than singing the song, how was I to celebrate? I did sing the song to Roman, but he doesn’t like my signing voice. Who can blame him? Tone deaf doesn’t sound good. I looked, albeit only at one retail establishment, for a Jack in the Box since those typically use Pop Goes the Weasel as the tune. I did not find one. I haven’t seen one of those in years, maybe children these days scare too easily or something. So, instead, I looked up the origins of the classic nursery rhyme. I was interested to discover that the original lyrics went a little something like this:

Half a pound of tuppenny rice,

Half a pound of treacle.

That’s the way the money goes,

Pop! goes the weasel.

Ooookay, so….what the heck does this mean? Here is the explanation I found:

“What does the nursery rhyme which originated in the 17th century mean? Pop means pawn and weasel refers to coat. “It was traditional for even poor people to own a suit, which they wore as their ‘Sunday Best.’ When times were hard they would pawn their suit, or coat, on a Monday and claim it back before Sunday. Hence the term, Pop goes the Weasel.”

Alrighty then. So even back in the day people were pawning their wares looking for some extra cash. How did they get the money to get it back by the next Sunday? Hmmmmm….I found a few other variations of the song as well:

Up and down the City Road

In and out the Eagle

That’s the way the money goes

Pop! goes the weasel.

All around the cobbler’s house,

The monkey chased the people.

And after them in double haste,

Pop! goes the weasel.

All around the mulberry bush

The monkey chased the weasel;

The monkey thought ’twas all in fun,

Pop! goes the weasel.


These are the lyrics that I was taught and Wikipedia says that this is the most popular American version:


All around the Mulberry Bush,

The monkey chased the weasel.

The monkey stopped to pull up his sock,

Pop! goes the weasel.


So, there you have it. More than you ever thought you would know about Pop Goes the Weasel!

Total Cost to Celebrate: $0


Clip of the Day:

An unintentionally funny hip hop version of today’s song:


P.S. – Are these guys for real?