Yah boo!

Yay Boo Songbook

“The heroes of epic stories – for adults - in days gone by often taunted their enemies after they had knocked them off their horses on to the ground. Taunts, threats and gibes can be expressed in very satisfying poetry. 

All the rhymes here show a certain feeling of superiority over someone: just as the song at the end of them does. 

They include rhymes which are meant to be shouted or chanted at (or sometimes just about) show-offs, liars, tell-tales, sissies, simpletons, teachers and policemen.”— Hugh Shields, 1971

Listen and find out more about each item in the Song Pages below or enjoy the Playlist.

Johnny over the Water

Denis the Menace

Ahem Ahem Ahem to the Dirt

Betty You’re a-wanting

Pounds Shillings and Pence

Brass Buttons

Chase Chase Chase the Hairy Elephant


Liar! Liar!

Shilly with the Wee Girls

My Aunt Biddy

See That Finger?

Someone’s under the Bed

The Walls of Jerusalem

Happy Birthday

Hey Handsome