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Dan, Dan, the Funny Wee Man

Dan, Dan, the funny wee man, rhyme / Ann Clarke & [Brian] Clarke, speech in English

Dan, Dan, the funny wee man, rhyme / Ann Clarke & [Brian] Clarke, speech in English

Dan, Dan, the funny wee man
He washed the hair in the frying-pan
He brushed his hair by the leg of a chair
Dan, Dan, the funny wee man.

Notes from Hugh Shields

Very common, usually recited. For other versions see N Douglas’s London street games (1931:29); Opie and Opie’s The lore and language of schoolchildren (1967:13, 159); L Daiken’s Out goes she (1963:32); JTR Ritchie’s The singing street (1964:107). a version from Salford is recorded on  Ewan McColl and Dominic Behan’s The singing streets, (1958: Folkways LP FW 8501), and was printed with a melody in the Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society 14 (1914:36).