Baby Baby Stick Your Head In Gravy

This was a popular taunt when someone started to cry. I know my sisters and I didn’t make it up, but no one else I know has ever heard of it. Have you heard this taunt before? Please let me know!

"Aww Did the little baby fall down in a puddle?"

"Is the little baby gonna... cry?"


"Baby baby Stick you head in gravy Washing it out with bubblegum and send it to the Navy""Baby baby Stick you head in gravy Washing it out with bubblegum and send it to the Navy"

"Baby baby Stick you head in gravy Washing it out with bubblegum and send it to the Navy"

"Baby baby Stick you head in gravy Washing it out with bubblegum and send it to the Navy"

"???"

HAHAH

Charlotte sheds a tear

Hear the song now in this video! Featuring the vocal stylings of my sister, Charlotte Belanger the Third!

 

34 thoughts on “Baby Baby Stick Your Head In Gravy

  1. How about…Baby Baby Suck Your Thumb…Wash your hair in bubble gum? I’ve never heard the lyrics you wrote but “these words” follow the same tune amd I would bet the same theme and purpose.
    Your illustrations are amazing!!! I love them and want to see and read more.

  2. I remember that rhyme from elementary school, only it was “wash it off with applesauce,” because “sauce” sort of rhymed with “off.”

  3. First of all, I’m the middle child of 5 girls also! Crazy. And yes, my sisters used to taunt me with this song all the time, I completely forgot about it until reading this, good times.

  4. Ours was always, “Baby, Baby, Stick your head in gravy. Wrap it up in toilet paper, send it down the elevator.” haha.

  5. I read this…I think in a Baby-Sitter’s Club Book…and the version in there was of the “wash it off with applesauce” variety. I think the Pike triplets sang it to Claire? I don’t really remember exactly, but I’m pretty sure that’s where I first heard (read) it.

  6. Hmm, I’ve never heard of this till my sister saw it on your blog. I did some research, I came up with Baby baby, stick your head in gravy, wrap it up in bubble gum, and send it to the navy. I just want to know, if you didn’t come up with it, then where did you hear it?

    I really like your blog, it’s so creative!

    1. It was just one of those things that you pick up from the neighbor kids who heard it at school from kids who picked up up from their older siblings who heard it from their out-of-state cousins…. that sort of thing :)

  7. I am 44 and grew up in Bergen County, NJ… Yes, this is “word for word” the taunt I remember! I was just teaching my kids this the other day. So funny!

  8. My wife (64 yrs old, from 5 Towns, LI) just used this this taunt on me. She couldn’t remember all the words and asked me to look it up. I’m from SF Bay area and had never heard it before.

  9. My wife (64 yrs old, from Long Island) just taunted me with this. She couldn’t remember all the words, so I found this blog. I’m from SF Bay area and had never heard it.

  10. I’m sixty something, we always sang baby, baby stick your head in gravy wash it off with apple sauce and send it to the navy, I too love your illustrations.

  11. Kindergarten baby wash your face in gravy. Wrap it up in bubblegum and send it to the Navy. That’s how we sang it in the 50’s in Royal Oak, Michigan.

  12. Yup. Totally used this in the 70s. Grew up on Long Island. Just taught it to my teenaged daughter who never heard it before.

  13. It was a taunt that the children of WWI vets used to sing. I wish I knew the origin of the song. One father had been in the Navy and eventually opened a law practice. Adding insult to injury, not only were you going to have bubble gum in your hair, you were also going to be reprimanded by Navy, Lawyer, Mr. Harris.

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