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Yay Boo Playlist

“The heroes of epic stories – for adults - in days gone by often taunted their enemies after they had knocked them off their horses on to the ground. Taunts, threats and gibes can be expressed in very satisfying poetry. 

All the rhymes here show a certain feeling of superiority over someone: just as the song at the end of them does. 

They include rhymes which are meant to be shouted or chanted at (or sometimes just about) show-offs, liars, tell-tales, sissies, simpletons, teachers and policemen.”— Hugh Shields, 1971

Enjoy the 11 recordings in the Yay Boo Playlist and/or Return to the Songbook for more detailed information on each item. Please note the Songbook may contain extra songs and rhymes which Hugh and Lisa documented only in writing and no sound file exists. 

Yah boo! Songbook
Now playing: Johnny over the water, rhyme / Marion Cunning, speech in English
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  1. Johnny over the water, rhyme / Marion Cunning, speech in English

    Johnny over the water, rhyme / Marion Cunning, speech in English

  2. Ahem, ahem, ahem to the dirt, song / Eileen Keaney, speech in English

    Ahem, ahem, ahem to the dirt, song / Eileen Keaney, speech in English

  3. Betty you’re a-wanting, rhyme / Eileen Keaney, speech in English

    Betty you’re a-wanting, rhyme / Eileen Keaney, speech in English

  4. Pounds, shillings and pence, rhyme / Michael Shields, speech in English

    Pounds, shillings and pence, rhyme / Michael Shields, speech in English

  5. Chase, chase, chase the hairy elephant, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

    Chase, chase, chase the hairy elephant, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

  6. Shilly with the wee girls, rhyme / Eileen Keaney, speech in English

    Shilly with the wee girls, rhyme / Eileen Keaney, speech in English

  7. My aunt Biddy, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

    My aunt Biddy, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

  8. Someone’s under the bed, rhyme / Ursula O’Hara, speech in English

    Someone’s under the bed, rhyme / Ursula O’Hara, speech in English

  9. The walls of Jerusalem, song / Dermot Leahy, singing in English

    The walls of Jerusalem, song / Dermot Leahy, singing in English

  10. Happy birthday, song / Denis Shields, singing in English

    Happy birthday, song / Denis Shields, singing in English

  11. Hey, handsome, jibe / Michael Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English

    Hey, handsome, jibe / Michael Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English