“The Vowels”


"B-a, ba; b-e, be; B-i, bick-a-bi; B-o, bick-a-bi-bo; B-u, bu, bick-a-bi-bo-bu." Similarly through the alphabet: "C-a, ca; C-e, ce, C-i, cick-a-ci." (The text does not specify whether "cick" is pronounced "sick" or "kick.")

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 139, "The Vowels" (1 text)
  2. Randolph 873, "The Alphabet Song" (6 texts, 6 tunes, but the "E" and "F" texts are "The Vowels")
  3. Roud #3303
  4. BI, Br3139


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Brown)
Keywords: wordplay nonballad
Found in: US(SE,So)