Nebuchadnezzar

Description

English

This two-ball rhyme 'Nebuchadnezzar, King of the Jews' was recorded by Iona Opie in Salford in 1975.

Nebuchadnezzar (King of Babylonia, 605-562 BCE) is a name which is often corrupted in this rhyme; in this case the girl reciting the rhyme says ‘Ezzachanezzar, King of the Jews’ while Roud records examples of children chanting ‘Archie Boo, King of the Jews’.

Transcript

Transcript

Iona Opie:

Nebuchadnezzar, it’s the two balls. Okay. Has it got a tune? Oh good, sing it away then.

Girl: [Rhyming]

Ezza-ker-nezza-kin, king of the Jews,
He bought his wife a pair of shoes.
When the shoes began to wear,
Ezza-ker-nezza-kin started to swear.
When the swearing began to stop,
Ezza-ker-nezza-kin bought a shop.
When the shop began to sell,
Ezza-kin-nezza-kin bought a bell.
When the bell began to ring,
Ezza-kin-nezza-kin started to sing.
Do-ray-me-far-so-la-ti-do.
Do-ti-la-so-far-me-ray-do.

Iona Opie:

And why is it that you know it and not the others?

Girl 2:

She comes from another school.

Title:
Nebuchadnezzar
Date:
1975
Duration:
1:09
Format:
Video
Language:
English
Creator:
Iona Opie
Usage terms

Audio © British Library

Images © Raymond Townsend

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
C898/72

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