I Woke Up Saturday Morning

Another widespread song that I heard occasionally, with local football teams referenced now and then. No idea where it came from at the moment, though I'm assuming it was written by an adult - it has the vibe of a "music hall" sort of song. If there are kid versions out there, you can bet they're quite a bit dirtier. Quite a few songs use the same melody, such a "I Was Driving Down the Highway".


Here are some versions collected by Kay Shapero:

I woke up sunday morning
I looked upon the wall
The skeeters and the bedballs
They were playing a game of ball

The score was 6 to nothing
The skeeters were ahead
The bedballs hit a home run
And knoked me out of bed.

I sing ini mini and a mini moe
catch a tiger tiger by his toe
and if he .... (rest forgotten)

by Kay Shapero



I woke up Sunday morning
And there upon the wall
The beetles and the bedbugs
Were having a game of ball

The score was six to nothing
The beetles were ahead
The bedbugs hit a home run
And knocked me out of bed, bed bed.
And knocked me out of bed!

From Paul Kyle

I woke up Sunday Morning
I looked up on the wall
The beetles and the bedbugs
were playing a game of ball

The score was 6 to nothing
The beetles were ahead
The bedbugs hit a home run
and knocked me out of bed

I'm singin', Eenie-Meenie and uh, Minie-Moe
Catch a tigger tiger, by his toe
If he hollers hollers, let him go
I'm singin', Eenie-Meenie and uh, Minie-Moe

I went downstairs for breakfast
I ordered ham and eggs
I ate so many eggs
the ham rolled down my legs.

I'm singin', Eenie-Meenie and a, Minie-Moe
Catch a tigger-tiger, by his toe
If he hollers-hollers, let him go
I'm singin', Eenie-Meenie and a, Minie-Moe.

My father is a baker
my mother is a spy
and if you don't believe me
go ask the FBI


From Darlene Du Bois

I woke up Sunday morning
And looked upon the wall
The beetles and the bedbugs
were playing a game of ball
The score was sixth to nothing
The beetles were ahead
The beetles hit a homerun
And knocked me out of bed

I'm singin' eeny meeny and a miney mo mo mo mo
Catch a whipperwhopper by the toe
And if he hollers, hollers, hollers
Let him go
I'm singin' eeny meeny and a miney mo

13 comments:

  1. Well, I have heard this as "the cooties and the bedbugs".

    I have also heard
    "I went downstairs for breakfast
    the coffee black as ink
    my sausage did a backflip
    and landed in the sink"

    "I fell into the sewer
    and that is how I died
    they didn't call it murder
    they called it sewercide"

    "My uncle was a butcher
    he isn't anymore
    cause what he thought was hamburger
    was sawdust on the floor"

    "My uncle was a chemist
    he isn't anymore
    cause what he thought was H2O
    was H2SO4"

    "My father is a commie
    my mother is a spy
    and I'm the little hotdog
    that told the FBI".

    Midwest during the 1980's but I heard them from my dad who grew up in Iowa in the 50's and 60's.

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    1. I have been singing this song since the early 70's. was taught it at Big Blue Lake near Muskegon, Michigan, Camp Pendalouan.Every child I have spent any time with knows this song.

      I woke up Sunday morning
      And looked upon my wall
      the Skeeters and the bedbugs
      were having a game of ball

      the score was 19-20
      the Skeeters were ahead
      the bedbugs hit a home run
      and knocked me out of bed

      Singing eenie-meenine
      and a miney-moe
      catch a riffle raffle
      by his toe
      and if he hollers hollers
      let him go
      singing eenie-meenie
      and a miney-moe

      They called me down
      for breakfast
      the bread was hard and stale
      the coffee was tobacco juice
      straight from the county jail
      with automatic butter and
      automatic cheese
      peanut butter celry
      and double jointed pea

      Singing eenie-meenine
      and a miney-moe
      catch a riffle raffle
      by his toe
      and if he hollers hollers
      let him go
      singing eenie-meenie
      and a miney-moe

      By Katherine Garrett Garrido

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    3. I love Suzy's version-so funny! A silly song for intelligent kids!

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  2. early 90's NW Iowa playground :)


    I woke up Saturday morning
    And looked upon my wall
    the Skeeters and the bedbugs
    were havin a game of ball

    the score was 19-20
    the Skeeters were ahead
    the bedbugs hit a homer
    and knocked me out of bed

    Singin eenie-meenine
    and a miney-moe
    catch a whippersnapper
    by his toe
    and if he hollers hollers
    hollers hollers
    let him go
    while singin eenie-meenie
    and a miney-moe

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  3. I learned this song in the 50's, my mother sang it, she grew up in the 30's...

    "Oh, I woke up in the mornin' and looked up on the wall, the bedbugs and the cooties were playin' a game of ball. The score was 6 to nothin', the cooties were ahead; the budbugs knocked a homer and knocked me outta bed! Rise and shine, sleepy head!"

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  4. I woke up late this morning, and looked up on the wall, the cooties and the bedbugs were playin' a game of ball. The score was 6 to nothin', the cooties were ahead, then the bedbugs hit a homerun, and knocked me out of bed 'sayin, eenie meenie meenie miny moe, catch a Russian (Russian) by the toe, if he hollars, (hollars), make him say, I surrender to the USofA.

    My mom told it to me like that...:)

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  5. I woke up Sunday morning
    And looked up on the wall
    The spiders and the bedbugs were having a game of ball
    The score was 10 to nothing
    The bedbugs were ahead
    I got so darned excited that I fell right out of bed.
    I went down stairs to breakfast
    The coffee was so stale
    It tasted like tobacco juice right out of the county jail.

    My grandpa and I couldn't remember the rest! Thank you for giving us the rest! This is a song that he and I sing every Sunday morning. Have been since the day I was born. I'm 18 right now and don't intend to quit any time soon!

    I got a kick out of this! Thank you!

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    1. Sorry, didn't give locations:

      My grandpa was raised in far northern Idaho, right near the Canadian Border. I would assume that's where he got it.

      He taught this to me in Northern California.

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  7. i think that every kid alive in the 80's and 90's learned this song... my dad's was a bit different

    Well I woke up Monday morning
    and I looked up on the wall
    and the skeeters and the bedbugs
    were playing a game of ball
    aaaaannnnd the score was two to nothing
    and the skeeters were ahead
    then the bedbugs hit a homerun
    and they knocked me outta bed

    I'm singing eenie mee,
    ne miny mo
    hey hey hey
    catch a wiffer waffer
    yeah you catch him by the toe
    and if he hollers hollers hollers hollers
    don't let him go
    singing eenie meenie meenie
    and a... miny mo..
    hey hey hey
    mister Wiffer Waffer
    you have screamed your last
    hey hey hey
    Mister Wiffer waffer
    you had better pay me fast
    singing eenie me, ne miny mo
    hey hey hey
    catch a wiffer waffer
    yeah you catch him by the toe

    then i went downstairs for breakfast
    and i ordered ham and eggs
    i ate so many pickles
    that the juice ran down my legs

    wellllll my mother is a doctor
    and my father is a nurse
    and if you dont believe me
    you can steal my fathers purse
    singing eenie me..nee miny mo
    yeah you catch a wiffer waffer
    yeah you catch him by the toe

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  8. I was thinking about this song today, wondering where it came from. When I was a kid in SW Pa. In the 70's and 80's, I heard it like this:
    I woke up in the morning and looked up on the wall,
    The skeeters and the bedbugs were playing a game of ball.
    The score was 6 to nothing, the skeeters were ahead,
    They hit so many homeruns, it knocked me off the bed!
    Chorus:
    I'm singing eeny meeny and a miney mo, I'm singing,
    Catch a wiffle-waffler by the toe,
    And if he hollers, hollers, hollers, let him go,
    I'm singing eeny meeny and a miney mo.
    I went downstairs to breakfast and had some ham and eggs, I ate so many pickles, the juice ran down my legs.

    Was walking ' round the corner, not doing any harm,
    A policeman came up beside me and grabbed me by the arm.
    (That's where it ended, but it didn't make sense to me, so I added:
    "He took me to his office and threw me in the jail,
    And fined me a hundred dollars for drinking ginger ale."

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