Monday, March 14, 2011
I Is For Itsy Bitsy Spider
It's time again for ABC Wednesday. If you aren't participating in ABC Wednesday, you are missing out on a lot of fun.
This week the letter is I. I is for Itsy Bitsy Spider. The nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider was first published in 1910. The origin of this nursery rhyme isn't documented.
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain
So the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.
Jim Carrey appeared in an animated short titled Itsy Bitsy Spider that was released in 1992. The Itsy Bitsy Spider was eventually made into an animated series, which aired on the USA Network.
The best rendition of Itsy Bitsy Spider I have seen is this wacky 15 second version.
My second favorite version is the Carly Simon version from her Coming Around Again album.
It is not common knowledge that Itsy Bitsy Spider is actually an allegory of the struggle of the lower classes. To help you understand the true meaning of the song, here is an analysis of the characters involved.
The Spider - represents the proletariat and his ongoing struggle against the bourgeoisie
The Waterspout - represents the myth of equality and the American Dream. The spider continues to doggedly scale the waterspouts heights, only to be denied the fruits of his hard work
The Rain - represents the bourgeoisie, impeding the progress of the spider, and standing between him and his ultimate goal of true freedom and equality.
The Sun - represent the easing of difficult living and working conditions. It provides false hope for the spider, prolonging his struggle
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks installment of ABC Wednesday. See you next week!