Thursday, 18 March 2010


I spent the morning with Alastair at the Mother and Toddler group in New Kilpatrick Church. The 2 hour morning session ended with a short sing-along. We sang the usual 2 year olds' favourites. Then I took it upon myself to lead the singing of "Shortnin' Bread" ... a song I thought everyone knew! (You know "Mama's little baby loves shortnin', shortnin' etc" See below). Wrong..! Not one mum (30 year olds) knew it! Now there's a cultural statement!

Short'nin' Bread - the way I remember it!

Two little chil'un, lying in bed
One was sick and the other 'most dead
Call for da doctor, da doctor said
"Feed those chil'un on shortnin' bread."

Mama's little baby loves shortnin', shortnin'
Mama's little baby loves shortnin' bread
Mama's little baby loves shortnin', shortnin'
Mama's little baby loves shortnin' bread

Put on the skillet, slip on the lid
Mama's gonna bake a little short'nin' bread
That ain't all that your mamma's gonna do
She's gonna make a little coffee too.

Slipped in the Kitchen, slipped up the lid
Slipped my pocket full of shortnin' bread
Stole the skillet, stole the lid
Stole the gal to make shortnin' bread

Caught with the skillet, caught with the lid
Caught with the gal makin' shortnin' bread
Paid 6 dollars for the skillet, 6 dollars for the lid
Spent 6 months in jail eatin' shortnin' bread...

After playgroup finished we went and had a picnic in an archaelogical site: the Bearsden Roman Bath House which is just around the corner from the NK church hall. (Photos taken on my iPhone.)


Anonymous said...

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Vagabonde said...

I hope I can find this song on the Internet or someone who knows it. I will copy the lyrics. We are going to watch our two grand babies in May while my daughter and son in law attend a week’s conference in Baltimore. We will go to Baltimore to watch the children so it would be nice for me to know some childhood songs which are not in French only (as these are the only ones I know like “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” and “Au Clair de la Lune” do you know these?)