Giddy Giddy Gout – What’s that about?

While watching cricket, my husband and I were discussing the positioning of the bowlers foot that would deem the ball to be a ‘no ball’. The conversation deteriorated into a bit of silliness with ins and outs. To my surprise, Jeff then came out with, “in and out like Giddy, Giddy, Gout”.

I asked him about it and he couldn’t recall, just that his Dad used to say it. He thought it was from a nursery rhyme. As I am the knower of all old stories, nursery rhymes, etc in our house, I had to say it wasn’t one I remembered! Off to Google….

The video is of a song by a New Zealand Band called B-Side, but it is catchy and includes the rhyme. It also brought back some memories of my childhood walking to school and crossing the railway tracks in the days when trains moved slower and billowed steam. Enjoy!

Does anyone know any history or stories regarding the rhyme? What part of the world does it come from?


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