Speak roughly to your little boy, and beat him when he sneezes

johnson73art1Stolen, from Leopold, on the Dim Post comments thread (only because it is such good parody of both the Spankers and Lewis Carroll, and because I am a great fan of Carroll):

Oh, don’t bother me,’ said the Duchess; `I never could abide figures!’ And with that she began nursing her child again, singing a sort of lullaby to it as she did so, and giving it a violent shake at the end of every line:

`Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes:
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases.’
CHORUS: (In which the cook and the baby joined):–
`Wow! wow! wow!’

While the Duchess sang the second verse of the song, she kept tossing the baby violently up and down, and the poor little thing howled so, that Alice could hardly hear the words:–

`I speak severely to my boy,
I beat him when he sneezes;
For he can thoroughly enjoy
The pepper when he pleases!’
CHORUS: `Wow! wow! wow!’

`Here! you may nurse it a bit, if you like!’ the Duchess said to Alice, flinging the baby at her as she spoke. `I must go and get ready to play croquet with the Queen,’ and she hurried out of the room. The cook threw a frying-pan after her as she went out, but it just missed her.

Personally, I have to say I still prefer Grace Slick’s interpretation of Carroll:

Hat tip: The Dim Post

1 thought on “Speak roughly to your little boy, and beat him when he sneezes

  1. Yep, I prefer the Grace Slick version, too.
    Just don’t have viddy of it …

    Toad, are we attempting to creating across-current of cultural literacy here? & how do we explain this to the children, lol?


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