ABC Tumble

Information About ABC Tumble

"ABC Tumble's" origins are murky at best, but this rhyme has often accompanied collections of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes throughout published history. Scholars believe the simple little verse may have descended from an old English nursery rhyme called "Great A, little A, Bouncing B". The first print version of that rhyme is thought to have been published in 1744.

Like many rhymes, this one was used to teach language and letter skills to children. It features the play on the first three letters of the alphabet and illustrates the concept of alliteration for cat, cupboard and C.

There are many variations of this verse from culture to culture. Most notably is an early African American version "A, B, C, Doubled Down D". This verse, found in the 1922 book Negro Folk Rhymes, Wise and Otherwise, with a Study by Thomas W. Talley, closely follows an English rendition with its extended verses.

Of interest is the term "hick'rytea" or hickory tea, which refers, in both the English and African American versions, to a spanking with a hickory bough, not an actual beverage. Also, the term "cat" in the version above was actually slang for "itinerant worker".

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Alvina, United States

8 March 2012 at 9:50pm

Ha. It sounds funny! :D

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Ajit, Malaysia

18 October 2011 at 5:53am

Its rubbish...the whole song is from ABCD...XYZ and tumble down D..and so on...there is no song starting frome just tumble down D!

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Sharmi, Malaysia

29 December 2010 at 12:00pm

my 2 kids like this song alot. Make them fun off>

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Leizel, Philippines

27 December 2010 at 12:29pm

it is so great,i like the song especially the two little hand...

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Leizel, Philippines

27 December 2010 at 12:23pm

very useful for the beginners

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Madonna, Virgin Islands, U.s.

12 October 2010 at 3:22am

great for toddlers

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Amelia, Nothamton

26 June 2010 at 1:10pm

is not boring

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Simple, Chandigarh, India

20 May 2010 at 2:17pm

very useful for kids. hats off

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Alafia, Cape Coral,fl

13 May 2010 at 3:23pm

~its okay~

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Grace, Uk

25 February 2010 at 5:03pm

I hate it it i rubbish

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.