Double Dutch Jump Roping & They Might Be Giants

Ooh La! Ooh La! is an animated video by the band They Might Be Giants.  It’s about Double Dutch jump roping

imageDouble Dutch jump roping is done with two long jump ropes turning inwards at the same time. 

The phrase Double Dutch is old slang meaning “to talk nonsense”.  It may be a coincidence, but the name Double Dutch makes sense in the context of this style jump roping because not only are there two (thus double) ropes, but kids also jump rope while chanting “nonsense”. 

Here’s a video of They Might Be Giant’s song about Double Dutch.  In it you can hear them singing some nonsense phrases from jump rope rhymes… though, as far as I can tell, many of the lines they made up themselves.

Here’s a quick video explaining how to Double Dutch… followed by bunch of FAILS!

Enjoy!

Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “Double Dutch Jump Roping & They Might Be Giants”

  1. Edna Ruth Says:

    Does anyone know the song about the Titanic? I only remember some of the words.

    “It was sad, oh it was sad, when the great ship went down.
    Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives,
    It was sad when the great ship went down.”

  2. Lisa Says:

    Here are the lyrics for The Titanic:

    It was on a Monday morning just about one o’clock,
    The great Titanic began to reel and rock.
    And the people began to cry, saying, “Lord I’m going to die.”
    It was sad when that great ship went down.

    When they were building the Titanic, they knew what they would do.
    They were going to build a ship that the water would not go through,
    But God with his mighty hand showed to the world what he could not stand.
    It was sad when that great ship went down.

    It was sad when that great ship went down,
    It was sad when that great ship went down.
    Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives.
    It was sad when that great ship went down.

    Now as they left old Eng-a-land, they were pulling from the shore.
    The rich they did declare they would not ride with the poor.
    So they put the poor below, they were the first to go.
    It was sad when that great ship went down.

    It was sad when that great ship went down,
    It was sad when that great ship went down.
    Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives.
    It was sad when that great ship went down.

    Now the people on this ship they were a long way from home,
    With friends all around them, didn’t know their time had come,
    But death came riding by, sixteen hundred had to die.
    It was sad when that great ship went down.

    It was sad when that great ship went down,
    It was sad when that great ship went down.
    Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives.
    It was sad when that great ship went down.

    When the Titanic was sinking into the icy sea,
    It’s said that they were singing “Nearer, my God, to thee”
    Nearer my God, to thee.
    It was sad, when that great ship went down.

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