Perhaps the best known of all jump rope rhymes:

*Cinderella, dressed in yellawent upstairs to kiss her fellamade a mistake, kissed a snakehow many stitches did it take?1, 2, 3,…*

This turns up in most collections of this sort of thing, almost invariably with a note saying that Freudians have a regular field day with this one.

Of course, it’s just one of many versions that have gone around since at least the 1950s.

Another common version is:

*Cinderella, dressed in yellawent upstairs to kiss her fellaon the way her girdle bustedboy oh boy was she disgusted*

Others have her dressed in different colors.

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AmyAnother chant we jumped rope to in 1980s Cleveland:

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around.

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear go upstairs.

Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers.

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn out the light.

Teddy bear, teddy bear good night!

After each line, the jumper would do some action to represent the direction.

soccernik06we said it with "how many doctors did it take"

AnonymousAlong with soccernik's version, I also knew:

Cinderella, dressed in yella

Went downtown to kiss a fella

On the way her girdle busted

How many people were disgusted?

10, 20, 30…

Glenda CarlIn Overland Park, Kansas, in the early 60's, we said:

Cinderella, dressed in yellow,

Went downstairs to kiss her fellow.

How many kisses did she get?

1, 2, 3, …

Glenda CarlIn Overland Park, Kansas, in the early 60's, we said:

Cinderella, dressed in yellow,

Went downstairs to kiss her fellow.

How many kisses did she get?

1, 2, 3, …

Tephy101Cinderella, dressed in yellow,

Went downstairs to kiss her fellow.

How many doctors did she get?

Newport News VA 1990s

Katie Morgani know 2:

1. Cinderella dressed in blue,

Went upstairs to tie her shoe,

Made a mistake and tied a knot,

How many knots will she make?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

Katie MorganCinderella dressed in green,

Went downtown to buy a ring,

Made a mistake and bought a fake,

How many days before it breaks?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc

LaeLeeCinderella dressed in yella

Went upstairs to kiss her fella

Made a mistake

Kissed a snake

How man doctors did it take

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

She's dead

Get out the rope

Misse ViscousCinderella, dressed in yella

Went upstairs to kiss her fella

By mistake, she kissed a snake

How many kisses did it take?

(1, 2, 3 … etc)

I also remember some kids saying "How many doctors..?"

Both made sense to me back then as

— how many kisses with the snake before she noticed it was not her fella??

— how many doctors to fix her after being bitten/getting pregnant?

Victoria BC, around 1979/1980

S. L. WeippertIn Goldendale, Washington (near Columbia River), we used to count how many times the jumper could go until they made a mistake. We also used this rhyme with that hand slapping game where two girls sat crossed legged facing each other. When we got to the counting part, each girl would slap her hands against the other girl's hands as hard as she could until somebody stopped from the pain. Don't ever think girls can't be tough.

AgathaCinderella dressed in yella went upstairs to kiss her fella

And she kissed Solid Snake

Yaaaaaaay!

(NYC, 1988)

InvaderYoukoChanCinderella dressed in yellow, went upstairs to kiss her fellow

She made a mistake, she kissed a snake

So how many doctors did it take?

At this point we’d count either from one to five or from ichi to go.

That’s how many doctors it did take

To cure her wounds from the snake

Then she kissed the right fellow this time

I guess that’s the end of our rhyme

(Japan, 2001)

BeccaOurs was a little different:

Cinderella, dressed in gella (Seems to be a misheard word, but that’s what we sung)

Went upstairs to kiss a fella

By mistake, she kissed a snake

And ended up with a tummy ache! (on tummy ache we would tickle the other person)