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Fat, fat the water rat; fifty bullets in your hat."

 
 
chai2
 
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Reply Tue 7 Dec, 2010 03:11 pm


from 2:00 to 3:00
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mamajones
 
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Reply Thu 26 Apr, 2012 05:35 pm
@jespah,
I remember it from Get Smart. Agent 99 said it when she was pregnant and retaining water
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 26 Apr, 2012 05:48 pm
miss that lady...
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maddie48
 
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Reply Tue 8 May, 2012 04:08 am
@westonbird,
The one I know is:
Fat and skinny had a race
Fat fell down upon his face
Skinny fell and broke a bone
Fat got up and went on home..... alone
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Oldster
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jun, 2013 08:43 am
@pjnbarb,
It should go
Fat Fat The Water Rat
Fifty Bullets Killed The Cat
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fjucju643
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jun, 2014 07:04 pm
@Noddy24,
Its fat pat the water rat and it was a childrens book
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NCMike40
 
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Reply Tue 5 Aug, 2014 02:36 pm
My dad used to say this...it was from the streets of NYC, from around the turn of the century to somewhere in the 20s. I have no idea of the meaning, but it was used somewhat as a taunt.

Fat Fat the water rat, 50 bullets in your hat....there were and probably are plenty of water rats in the city.
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Chessie630
 
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Reply Wed 24 Feb, 2016 07:52 pm
Beaver Cleaver also called one of his friends a fat fat water rat.
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Hoo22406
 
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Reply Fri 26 Oct, 2018 07:08 am
I remember this from the 1950s - it wasn’t original on Family Affair. Anyway, I found this on Library of Congress:

Title
Fat, fat, the water rat
Contributor Names
Halpert, Herbert (recordist)
Rosenthal, Rosalind (singer)
Halpert, Herbert (singer)
Created / Published
New York, New York.
Subject Headings
- United States of America -- New York -- New York
Notes
- Sung by Rosalind Rosenthal and Herbert Halpert. (statement of responsibility)
- AFC 1938/002 (AFC Number)
- AFS 03646 B01 (AFS Number)
- 3646 (afsNum)
Form
sound recording
Repository
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Online Format
image
Description
sound recording | Sung by Rosalind Rosenthal and Herbert Halpert. (Statement Of Responsibility). Sound Recording (Form).
Additional Metadata Formats

METSXML Record
Part of
American Folklife Center (33,143)
Performing Arts Encyclopedia (130,171)
Format
Audio Recording
Contributors
Halpert, Herbert
Rosenthal, Rosalind
Dates
1939
Location
New York
United States
Language
English
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 31 Oct, 2018 06:37 am
@sozobe,
Just came across this thread which has been bumped up recently.

sozobe wrote:

A "water rat" would have to be a muskrat,


Not necessarily, over here there are water rats, although I think they're endangered.

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/connectingcountry/press/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/14162524/better-webbed-feet-one.jpg

Kenneth Graeme gave us Ratty in The Wind in the Willows

https://www.mediastorehouse.com/p/690/wind-willows-12799031.jpg

Here he is in the Disney version.

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/disney/images/0/08/Iceraichabodmrtoad0660.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120427230122
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JBeamon
 
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Reply Fri 23 Nov, 2018 01:21 am
@dlowan,
I remember we used to sing

It’s raining it’s pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and bumped his head
And couldn’t get up in the morning


But as a child my sister and I used to lay in bed w my mom and we would laugh and be silly and my mom would always joke around saying “fat fat the water rat, fat fat the water rat!” And we’d giggle...
my mom was born in 1950 so I figured it was something from her childhood
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