A Tisket A Tasket

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A-tisket, a-tasket,
A green and yellow basket.
I wrote a letter to my love,
But on the way I dropped it.
I dropped it, I dropped it,
And, on the way I dropped it.
A little boy picked it up,
And put it in his pocket.

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Information About A Tisket A Tasket

A Tisket A Tasket, is a nursery rhyme which has its roots in USA around the latter part of the nineteenth century. It was sung whilst playing a game.

A Tisket A Tasket, has become a favorite of children all over the world and the game is played in many different ways including: Duck, Duck, Goose. or Sheep and The Fox, etc.

The tune is so catchy that it has been used by different artists in their songs. Rhyme has been used to record various songs including the 1938 jazz piece by Ella Fitzgerald along with Al Fledman, which was a chart buster and has been inducted in Grammy Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1942, Ella sang it in Ride 'Em cowboy, which was No. 1 on Your Hit Parade. In 1983, Stevie Vaughan used it in his song album. Last but not the least it appears in the Method Man's remix. The tune has been used in various films, including In Sweet Pie and Pie, Ride 'Em Cowboys,Two Girls and a Sailor and The Master.

It has also been featured in some novels. Author Robert A. Heinlein used the starting line - A Tisket A Tasket, in his novel Time Enough for Love.

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Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version changes a few words but it is essentially the same set of lyrics

A tisket,a tasket
A green and yellow basket.
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way i dropped it,
I dropped it,
Yes on the way i dropped it.

Here's another version that involves a lost basket

A Tisket, A Tasket
I've lost my yellow basket,
A little girlie picked it up
and put it in her pocket.

She took it,She took it,
My little yellow basket
And if she doesn't bring it back,
I think that I shall cry.

This is the longer version that tells the whole story of the lost yellow basket

She was truckin' on down the avenue
Without a single thing to do
She went peck, peck, peckin' all around
When she spied in on the ground.

She took it, she took it
My little yellow basket
And if she doesn't bring it back
I think that I will die.

(A small dance)
A-tisket A-tasket
I lost my yellow basket
And if that girlie don't return it
Don't know what I'll do.

Oh Dear! I wonder where my basket can be
(So do we, so do we, so do we, so do we, so do we)
Oh Gee! I wish that little girl I could see
(So do we, so do we, so do we, so do we, so do we).

Oh why was I so careless with that basket of mine
That itty bitty basket was the joy of mine.

A tisket A tasket
I lost my yellow basket
Won't some one help me find my basket
And make me happy again, again.

(Was it green?) No, no, no, no
(Was it red?) No, no, no, no
(Was it blue?) No, no, no, no
Just a little yellow basket.

A little yellow basket!

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Lois, United States

11 November 2015 at 5:42pm

I am 90 years old and this song was played quite often when I was in school. Not nursery school . I was in high school. They played songs to get our mind off of the sad days There was a war going on. Our boys were all going off in the service maybe to never return again. It was nice to have a cheerful song. I was lucky my boy returned. I still have him.

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Peggy Mahaffey, United States

14 March 2014 at 5:49pm

Isn't it funny how we always think the way that we learned something is the RIGHT way? I learned it with words " green and yellow" and "a little bird picked it up" so that is MY version,,, but yours is good too! That is the way with Folk music; it molds to the folks ;<)

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Lindsay, United States

8 September 2012 at 2:32pm

I love it i made a little song i made it from my dream.

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Selena, United States

2 November 2011 at 7:40pm

hi i love this song

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Jax, Canada

8 January 2011 at 6:16pm

a little PUPPY picked it up

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Aleah, United States

22 December 2010 at 3:45am

Yall Guys Rock Keep Up The Good Work I Love This Site(: <3

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Barri, Los Angeles, Usa

8 August 2009 at 9:40pm

Ella's version is "a tisket a tasket a BROWN and yellow basket.

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Seneca, Seattle,u.s.a

21 December 2008 at 7:35am

this site rocks all my fave songs are here. keep up the awesome work!

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