Pop Goes the Weasel

Information About Pop Goes the Weasel

"Pop Goes the Weasel" originated from a jig, but has been sung as a nursery rhyme for many years. The jig can be traced back to seventeenth century England, and could be heard across the Empire as it was spread by the colonists. The original had the monkey going around the cobbler's bench.

While the rhyme certainly originated in England there is considerable dispute over the meaning of the lyrics. The verse referencing 'weasels' and 'monkeys' certainly points towards children employed to carry out factory work inside huge industrial loom-machines. The "weasel" may refer to a spinner's weasel, which is a mechanical yarn measuring device made up of a spoked wheel.

The original had the monkey going around the cobbler's bench.

Some versions also have the monkey chasing the weasel around a mulberry bush.

The original theme could possibly be taken from a darkly humorous vignette of the cycle of poverty that existed among workers in the environs of London.

According to another version children would sing this song while lending a helping hand to their mother who would wind the wool into a skein. The wool after it was spun had to be put into skeins. This involved wrapping it on a large spinning type wheel. When the appropriate amount was put on the wheel, the gear called a weasel gear popped out and thus - Pop goes the weasel. The weasel is a square tool used for measuring yards of yarn. It would "pop" every time it passed one yard. You"d wrap yarn around and around the tool, counting the "pops". It was very tedious work.

For any further information about the song "Pop Goes the Weasel" take a look at Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

You can start the first line of with this one

All around the chicken coup the monkey chased the weasel the monkey thought it was all in fun pop goes the weasel.

This is also an alternative verse for the song

Half a pound of tuppenny rice
Half a pound of treacle,
That's the way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.

Alternative version with the Mulberry Bush

all around the mulberry bush the monkey chased the weasel the monkey thought it was all in fun pop goes the weasel.

This version is for those who are artistic

The painter needs a ladder and brush
The artist needs an easel
The dancer needs a Fiddler's two
Pop goes the weasel.

I've no time to wait and sigh
I've no time to wheedle
Kiss me qucki. I'm off, good bye
Pop goes the weasel.

Another extra set of verses to sing to

Half a pound o' tuppeny rice
Half a pound o' treacle
That's the way the money goes
Pop goes the weasel.

Up and down the City Road
In and out of the Eagle
That's the way the money goes
Pop goes the weasel.

Every night when I come home
The monkey's on the table
I take a stick and knock him off
Pop goes the weasel.

Up and down the City Road
In and out of the Eagle
That's the way the money goes
Pop goes the weasel.

AN extended song to sing along to

All around the cobbler's bench
The monkey chased the weasel.
the monkey thought 'twas all in fun.
Pop! goes the weasel!

I've no time to wait, and sigh,
No patience to wait 'til bye and bye.
So kiss me quick, I'm off--good bye!
Pop! goes the weasel!

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle--
That's the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel!

You may try to sew and sew, and
never make something regal.
So roll it up and let it go.
Pop! goes the weasel!

All around the cobbler's bench
The monkey chased the weasel.
the monkey thought 'twas all in fun.
Pop! goes the weasel!
Pop! goes the weasel!

Here is another version of Pop Goes the Weasel

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought t’was all in fun
Pop! goes the weasel

Rufus has the whooping cough
Sally has the measles
And that’s the way the doctor goes
Pop! goes the weasel

Chorus
A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle
That’s the way the money goes
Pop! goes the weasel

This seems like a good mix of the different versions

Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.
Up and down the City road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

You may know these 2 verses that we found

Half a pound of tupenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle,
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop goes the weasel.

Up and down the City Road,
In and out of the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.

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23 Comments

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Mel, Azerbaijan

15 January 2013 at 3:56pm

yes

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Rachelle, Canada

25 November 2012 at 3:06pm

This is a great song to do with a parachute! Get all the kids going around in a circle around the parahute and POP the parachute up at pop goes the weasel!

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Bruce, United States

28 May 2012 at 3:58am

Interesting. Pop Goes the Weasel recently came up as an answer in "Isaac Azimov's Super Quiz," a syndicated feature in our local paper (and I'm sure in many others). My wife, who grew up in NW Minnesota, knew the first line as "all around the Mulberry Bush." I grew up in Wisconsin, some 300 miles away, and knew it as "Round and round the vinegar jug." Research I did 20 years ago for my western novel "Sharpshooters" stated that the song was a national hit in the U.S. in the mid 1870s. In that era before radio and recording, a song became a hit by selling well in sheet music form. But certainly the song was around in Britain in various versions many decades before that. Like any true folk song, the "correct" version is however you happened to hear it first.

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Natalie, United States

22 February 2012 at 6:25pm

Mson simply loves this son. that i why i am trying to find the correct lyrics for this because his toys only came with the short versions. but i think the son is very funny and catchy.

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Praydersmom, United States

7 January 2012 at 8:19am

all around his playpin my baby chased the bubble he laughed and thought it all in fun pop goes the bubble..it was flying through the air over his pin from here to there babys laughter everywhere pop goes the bubble, thats what i sing to my son.

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Malaysia, United States

19 December 2011 at 5:29pm

i like the songs like these because they go good for scary movies and i watch a lot of scary movies and i love how they change a measly childhood song into the scariest move you could watch

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Sarah, United States

7 July 2011 at 5:29pm

I like ALL the songs! I sang all of them in a row! :O

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Jada, United States

28 June 2011 at 2:04am

no their is no right way to sing this. and what is it with putting childrens songs in horror moovies.

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Richard, United States

30 April 2011 at 5:00am

To JD from Santa Ana, Can you post the entire song in spanish " Papas con Chorizo"

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Marisa, United States

16 April 2011 at 1:27pm

My mother in law sings " all around the Vinegar Jug the monkey chased the weasel"

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Nina, South Africa

6 April 2011 at 2:21pm

it's nice.I like the extended version

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Molly, Barbados

23 March 2011 at 3:18pm

this song is bad!

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Andy, United States

19 January 2011 at 11:10pm

the history of this song that i learned is different from the one listed here. i was told that "pop goes the weasel" meant to sell the tools of ones trade.

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Tamika, Australia

22 November 2010 at 4:07am

You need a video!

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Ira, Chicago Usa

26 July 2010 at 9:34pm

Is there one right way to sing this?

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Rob, Barry,south Wales,grt.brit.

22 June 2010 at 7:30pm

our family has been singing " pop goe's the weasel " for as long as anyone in the family can remember ,mostly parents to the children. my mom sang it to me from the day i was born until i was in my early teens.

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Ruth Collins, Ireland

24 May 2010 at 11:35am

I learned it from my Grandma as "Half a pound of tuppeny rice, half a pound of treacle thats the way the money wheel goes, pop goes the weasel, up and down the city streets in and out the eagle thats the way the way the money wheel goes, pop goes the weasel" as a morality tale against the horrors of gambling and drinking "The eagle" meant to be a bar. Although if we sung the extended version it was same as Rachel's in Wisconsin's version.

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Carol, Rome, Usa

2 May 2010 at 5:48pm

I learned it this way: "All around the shoemaker's bench, the monkey chased the weasel, The weasel thought it was all in fun, Pop goes the weasel. When the monkey blinked his eye, The weasel ate a cherry pie, Kiss me quick, (here I make a kissing sound) I'm off good bye, Pop goes the weasel"

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Modest_silence, Russia

29 April 2010 at 2:52pm

I`m crazy about this song! But first I`ve heard it in horror film....

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Nevaeh Uchiha, New York

20 February 2010 at 5:22pm

I love this song! It is so fitting for Itachi Uchiha! Call him Weasel Boy!

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