Is Anyone Familiar with a Song with the Line “”With My Whim Wham Whaddle-o””?

Lois wrote me:

I have a song I’d like to find – I remember my mother singing it to me (with many other songs) in the car on long drives but I haven’t been able to find it.

It’s in the pattern “I sold my ….. and bought me a ….” (I remember ‘sold horse/ bought cow’) – reminiscent of “Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Papa’s going to buy you a mocking bird…”.

The chorus goes:

“With my whim wham whaddle-o
Scrim scram scraddle-o
Bubble-o, pretty boy,
Over the brow.”

I’m wondering if it may be English, as ‘brow’ doesn’t seem as likely to turn up in an American song (surmise).


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2 Responses to “Is Anyone Familiar with a Song with the Line “”With My Whim Wham Whaddle-o””?”

  1. Laurel Says:

    There’s a version of this on John Langstaff’s CD “Songs for Singing Children.” It’s called The Swapping Boy.
    It might also be in a book of his called “Jim Along Josie.”

  2. Lisa Says:

    Thanks Laurel!

    You can get to a site where you can hear a sound clip of The Swapping Boy by clicking the link.

    I found this description of the book called The Swapping Boy which may help find the lyrics, “This book has the traditional ending: ‘And now the songbook’s back on the shelf,/If you want any more, you can sing it yourself!’ The author’s notes discuss the 500-year history and different versions of this children’s song ‘about the foolish boy.'”


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