Taffy Was A Welshman

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Taffy was a Welshman,
Taffy was a thief;
Taffy came to my house
And stole a piece of beef.

I went to Taffy's house,
Taffy was not home;
Taffy came to my house
And stole a mutton bone.

I went to Taffy's house,
Taffy was not in;
Taffy came to my house
And stole a silver pin.
I went to Taffy's house,
Taffy was in bed;
I took up a poker
And threw it at his head.

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Information About Taffy Was A Welshman

The song "Taffy was a Welshman" was previously popular in England and dates from the mid-18th century. The name "Taffy" is derived by merging the river "Taff" with the Welsh name "Dafydd".

The rhyme may be related to one published in "Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book", printed around 1744, which has similar lyrics.

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Oren, Cook Islands

24 October 2016 at 6:13am

Great, thanks for sharing this blog article. Will read on...

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AMr, Moldova, Republic of

11 November 2015 at 2:22am

Because the movies that make a lot of money are uslluay good. Critics say they're good because they are, and if they're good, people want to see them

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Steve Evans, Bristol, UK

24 April 2015 at 12:22am

I've known of this rhyme for many years. It may be old but it remains offensive to me as a Welsh person. I wouldn't tell my children a rhyme that advocates violence to any ethnic group, which is the historical basis of this rhyme. It is sad to read that some people think it is harmless.

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Chloe, Canada

1 November 2014 at 12:51am

Most people may not know it, but this is a nice rhyme.

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Peter, Romford

17 September 2014 at 9:45am

Lots of nursery rhymes can be viewed as having negative views of some ethnic groups, Robinson's used to sell their products with Golliwog badges. Noddy used to portray Golliwogs as the villains in some stories. These are all examples of 'our' culture and to suggest that these rhymes and products lead to racial intolerance and prejudice are laughable. Get a grip people.

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Lindsay, United Kingdom

13 October 2011 at 7:41pm

History, this piece of writing is history. Ah but what the heck, lets just delete it, let's just delete all history.

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Beth, United States

9 June 2011 at 2:39am

Much ado about nothing

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Mary, Canada

4 June 2011 at 8:25pm

When Musicanada, a collection of songs for Canadian classroom music, was published, the lyrics of this song were changed to avoid this. I still never used it with a class. We don't teach the choosing rhyme, "Eeny meeny, miney mo, catch a n----- by the toe" either. Even changing the n-word to "tiger" doesn't do it. Even if only one child knows the "real" version and feels diminished by its implications, it is one child too many.

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Harriet, United Kingdom

12 February 2011 at 9:38pm

Luckly i dont eat beef :)

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Marc, Bighton

11 August 2010 at 2:40pm

get over it political correctness gone mad

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Lucien, Virginia, United States

24 June 2010 at 2:50pm

To the first poster. This song is not made to be offensive to the Welsh. It's a nursery rhyme. It's not meant to offend, more along the lines of entertain a small child. And to number two, read the label at the top. It says it might not be appropriate, consider with caution. Just throwing that out there.

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Caden, Wisconsin, United States

11 June 2010 at 11:13pm

As a person of Welsh descent, I wanted to find the lyrics of this poem, as they reflect part of my family's history. However, I don't think this poem is appropriate for a childrens poetry site.

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Leah, Wrexham, North Wales

17 March 2010 at 5:01pm

This is very offensive to Welsh people and should be removed

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