[2014] Allison Wiencek: Pop! Goes the Weasel

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[2014] Allison Wiencek: Pop! Goes the Weasel

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'"Up and down the city road, in and out the eagle."

The Eagle Pub

Pop Goes the Weasel

"Pop! Goes the Weasel" Origins and meanings

Like most nursery rhymes, "Pop Goes the Weasel" has very odd imagery that can be dufficult to interperet. Which has led to much debate as to the meaning and origin of the rhyme. The earliest known published version of the tune was published in the USA in 1850. Which was titled "Pop Goes the Weasel for Fun and Frolic" the text accompyaning the article calls it "an old english dance lately revived." Nawspapers in the US soon after called it "the latest English dance" so it's reasonable to believe that the the tune originated in Britain, since there are several English/Irish/Scottish country dances that are similar. No one really knows the exact country the tune originated in. The lyrics in "Pop! Goess the Weasel"are mostly slang words created by a Cockney rhyming slang group. The group originated in London. The Cockney's were a community thats had a suspicion of strangers and had a dislike of the police. The Cockneys still exist today, as well as their language. They developed a language of their own based on rhyming slang. It was difficult for outsiders to understand the. There is still slang that no one has been able to interpet. In the lyrics of "Pop! Goes the Weasel"to 'pop' is the slang word for "pawn." Weasel is derived from "weasel and stoat" meaning coat. It was traditional for poor people to own a suit which they wore as their 'Sunday Best.' When they had money struggles or tough times the poor would pawn their suits or coats on Monday and claim it back before Sunday. Hence the term "Pop! Goes the Weasel." The lyrics to "Pop! Goes the Weasel" and meanings: Lyrics: "Round and round the cobbler's bench the monkey chased the weasel, The monkey thought 'twas all in fun Pop! Goes the weasel." Meaning: A cobbler is a shoe repair man. Poorer cobbler didn't have nice furniture so, they used a three-legged stool as their bench. In this verse the 'weasel' is a yarn winder, often called a yarn weasel. The yarn winder made a distinct 'pop' when used. Lyrics: "A penny for a spool of thread, a penny for a needle. That's the way the money goes, Pop! Goes the weasel." Meaning: The weasel is being interpereted as ashuttle or bobbin, as used by silk weavers, being pawned in a siilar way as the suits or jackets owned by the Cockneys. Lyrics: "A half a pound of tuppeny rice, a half a pound of treacle. mix it up and make it nice, Pop! Goes the weasel." Meaning: The rice and treacle relate to the weeks shopping. (twopenny or tuppeny rice) that costs two cents per pound. In order to pay for it, poor people would pawn (pop) fathher's best suit. Lyrics: " Up and down the London road, In and out the Eagle, That's the way the money goes. Pop! Goes the weasel." Meaning: The eagle refers to 'The Eagle Tavern'which was a pub in North London that was located on the corner of a city road.Hence the term "Up and down the city road in and out the eagle. The city road was a pawnbroker's shop. Lyrics: "I've no time to plead and pine, I've no time to wheedle, Kiss me quick and then I'm gone, Pop! Goes the Weasel." Meaning: To plead means to beg, and pine means to grieve or mourn. Wheedle means to flatter. "Kiss me quick and then I'm gone." means the poor people have to return to work. "Queen Victoria is very sick, Napoleon's got the measels, Sebastopol's not taken yet; Pop! Goes the weasel." "All around the cobblers bench, The monkey chased the weasel, The priest he kissed the cobbler's wife, Pop Went the weasel." "A penny for a ball of thread, A penny for a needle, That's the way the money goes; Pop goes the weasel." "My wife she is awful sick, The baby's got the measels, Sally's got the whooping cough; Pop goes the weasel." "Jhonny bull he makes his brag, He can whip the whole creation, Why don't he take Sebastopol, By pop goes the weasel." "Mayor Wood has put the rumsellers through, The main law's a sad evil, We cannot get our toddy now, Pop goes the weasel." Pop! Goes the Weasel is overall a dark and twisted tune about the never ending cycle of poverty. ReferencesMail Online. Associated Newspapers, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014."Musica International." Musica International. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.N.p., n.d. Web."Nursery Rhymes Lyrics, Origins and History." Nursery Rhymes Lyrics, Origins and History. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.

The video below is the traditional "Pop! Goes the weasel" dance. The traditional dance used to be perfromed at Her Majesty's balls. (Queen Victoria) "Pop! Goes the weasel was considered to be a fashionable dance during that time period

Oh, what a fateful day in November!That the people will remember forever.The day that made the whole nation say "Did you hear about Kennedy's assasination?"Oh, that fateful day in '63! The people weren't prepared for what they were about to see.The day a beloved president got a bullet to the head, and was long gone dead.Do you remember that iconic scene?The scene that wasn't so serene?That iconic scene with Jackie in the motorcade and JFK by her side?Boy, were they in for a ride!Isn't it insane to wrap around your brain,that one minute JFK was in Dallas,and the next, he's knocking on the gates to the great heavenly palace?Years later, whatever JFK is doing now,I'm sure he never lied, when he said thathe had one heck of a ride!

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Background history on "Pop! Goes the weasel"

Background history on "Pop! Goes the weasel"

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