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Comment: Where on earth does the song "Sarasponda" come from? Is it really a Dutch
spinning song? Are the words total nonsense, or do they mean something?

If nothing else, I hope everyone's humming it now...

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
If nothing else, I hope everyone's humming it now...

Not I.

What is Sarasponda?

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http://www.backyardgardener.com/loowit/song/song71.html
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goddamnit! thanks a lot.
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quote:
Originally posted by alicia:
goddamnit! thanks a lot.

[lol] just kidding

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"Sarasponda" could have come from Dutch "Sara spon de ..." (Sarah spun the ...) but apart from that I can't make anything of it, nor do I recognize the tune. Perhaps its origin is Afrikaans?
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A post to STUMPERS, a listserv where reference librarians look for answers
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Fired with true Stumpers spirit, my Dutch colleague has taken the bit between her teeth on this question. She reports:

1. Although many English-language websites identify this as a Dutch children's song or folk song, no similar Dutch site (and there are several) says it's Dutch.
2. The Netherlands were under French rule for a time at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th, so it's conceivably a Dutch song with French words. Given the conservatism of children's songs and folk songs, I think this is doubtful, but still of course possible.
3. There is a Dutch-language website for postings about Dutch children's songs:

http://www.pinkelotje.nl/forum.html
She has posted this and will report if anything turns up.

There was no follow up on STUMPERS

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quote:
Ah say pa say oh.
When I was a young'un I sang that song in a music class and I thought that "Ahsay Pasay O's" was something similar to Alphagetti. Probably because it sounded like "Old El Paso" tomato sauce or something.

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