OK here’s a weird piece of kid culture AB brought home:
Jingle bells, Batman smells
Robin laid a gun
Shot a tree and made it pee in 1981
It scans and rhymes very nicely but makes so sense at all. What can it mean?
It seems like we are witnessing a kind of cultural hybrid; the “Jingle bells / Batman smells” of my childhood has here combined with a “Jingle bells / shotgun shells” tradition I was unaware of until now, which is actually older than the Batman version. A lot of the “shotgun shells” versions found online involve Santa meeting his death in a hail of bullets, but “shot a tree and made it pee” is not uncommon. I wonder how many utterly nonsensical kids rhymes we know are actually hybrids of different songs, each of which at some point sort of made sense?