Where Did That Miss Susie Song Come From?

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Growing up, we would recite a naughty song and clap our hands together. We would giggle, titillated at the thought of getting one over on our parents.

“We’re not really saying the word!” we would say. “It just sounds like we’re going to.”

It went:

Miss Susie had a steam boat,

The steam boat had a bell (Ding! Ding!),

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