I remember it from Get Smart. Agent 99 said it when she was pregnant and retaining water
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
It should go
Fat Fat The Water Rat
Fifty Bullets Killed The Cat
Its fat pat the water rat and it was a childrens book
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.
Beaver Cleaver also called one of his friends a fat fat water rat.
I remember this from the 1950s - it wasn’t original on Family Affair. Anyway, I found this on Library of Congress:
Fat, fat, the water rat
Halpert, Herbert (recordist)
Rosenthal, Rosalind (singer)
Halpert, Herbert (singer)
Created / Published
New York, New York.
- United States of America -- New York -- New York
- Sung by Rosalind Rosenthal and Herbert Halpert. (statement of responsibility)
- AFC 1938/002 (AFC Number)
- AFS 03646 B01 (AFS Number)
- 3646 (afsNum)
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
sound recording | Sung by Rosalind Rosenthal and Herbert Halpert. (Statement Of Responsibility). Sound Recording (Form).
Additional Metadata Formats
American Folklife Center (33,143)
Performing Arts Encyclopedia (130,171)
Just came across this thread which has been bumped up recently.
A "water rat" would have to be a muskrat,
Not necessarily, over here there are water rats, although I think they're endangered.
Kenneth Graeme gave us Ratty in The Wind in the Willows
Here he is in the Disney version.
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