"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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quote: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:
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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