The Donut Song

June 4, 2007 at 3:24 pm 121 comments

A fun little song that my kids both learned back in pre-school:

Well, I woke up this morning and I went around the block
And I walked right in to the donut shop
And I picked three donuts right out of the grease
And I handed the lady a five cent piece.

Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
And she said, “This nickel’s no good, you see
There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through.”
I said, “Oops, there’s a hole in the donuts, too.”

Thanks for the donuts,
Good-bye!

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  • 1. Kimi  |  July 1, 2007 at 2:10 am

    I learned a slightly different version:

    Oh I walked around the corner and I walked around the block
    And I walked right in to a bakery shop
    I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
    And I handed the lady a five cent piece.

    Well, she looked at the money and she looked at me
    And she said, “This nickel is no good, you see
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through.”
    Said I, “There’s a hole in the donut too!”

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  • 2. daisy  |  October 4, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    I know another one:
    Welllll, IIIII, walked around the corner
    and i walked around the block
    and i walked right into a donut shop
    i scooped 2 donuts right out of the grease
    and i handed the lady my 5 cent piece
    weelllll sheeee looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said this nickel is no good u see
    theres a hole in the middle and it goes right through
    i said lady theres a hole in the donut too
    thanks for the donut
    toodle loo

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  • 3. Biloxi  |  November 25, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    I lived in Biloxi as a kid in the ’60s. I heard it like this:

    Well I went to Mississippi
    and I went around the block
    and I walked right into a bakery shop
    and I handed the lady a five cent piece
    and I said “Would you give me a doughnut please?”

    Well she looked at the nickel
    and she looked at me
    she said “This nickel’s no good you see
    there’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through.”
    Say’s I “There’s a hole in the doughnut too!”

    Thanks for the doughnut.
    Good Bye

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  • 4. Grace  |  December 19, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    WELL.
    I learned:

    Well, I walked around the corner and I walked around the block.
    And I walked right in to a donut shop.
    And I picked up a donut and wiped off the grease and I handed the lady my five cent piece.

    Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    And she said kind sir, you can plainly see,
    There’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through
    And I said there’s a hole in my donut too!

    Thanks for the donut,
    Toodle-loo

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  • 5. ruth  |  January 18, 2008 at 8:31 am

    thanks for the donut goodbye

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  • 6. Heather  |  February 15, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    This is the way my Mother always sang it:

    Well, I walked around the corner and I walked around the block
    and I walked right in to the donut shop
    I picked to donuts right outta the grease and I handed the lady a 5 cent piece.

    She looked at the money and she looked at me
    and she said ‘this nickel is no good to me, there’s hole in the middle
    and it goes right through” says I, “there’s a hold in the donut too”

    jump in the breadbox you crumb!!

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  • 7. lola  |  February 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    And I heard it quite differently…

    Oh, I went to the donut shop for something to eat
    ‘Cuz I was so hungry from my head to my feet.
    Well, I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
    And I handed the lady a 5 cent piece.

    Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    And she said, “Hey, mister, can’t you plainly see,
    there’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through?”
    Said I, “There’s a hole in the donut, too!
    Thanks for the donut,
    toodle loo!
    Shave and a haircut,
    Shampoo!”
    (random ending, I know!)

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    • 8. Dot  |  December 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      We’re eating donuts on Christmas Day 2011. My 93-year-old mother spontaneously recited this version. I don’t recall ever hearing it before. What a treat to find it here!

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    • 9. Jamey  |  March 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I’m 45 and I only know this version. From my head to my feet:)

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  • 10. Owen O'Neill  |  March 6, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    [I learned it this way in Boy Scouts in the mid 60s in Philadelphia:]

    Well, I walked around the corner and I walked around the block
    And I walked right in to a bakery shop
    And I picked up a donut right out of the grease
    And I handed the lady a five cent piece

    She looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    She said this nickel’s no good to me
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through
    Said I there’s a hole in the do-nut too

    Thanks for the do-nut, So long!

    [I guess the song morphs a little from person to person over time]

    [Does anyone know when this little ditty started circulating?
    It must be pretty old, because I don't think plug nickels
    with holes shot into the center were known even in the 60s when I learned the song]

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  • 11. Erin  |  April 12, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    I grew up in Southern California in the 70s and my grandma taught me this…

    Well I ran around the corner and I ran around the block and I ran right into the donut shop and I pick up a donut right out of the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece.

    Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said this nickel is no good you see, there’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through

    Says I there’s a hole in the donut too. Thanks for the donut, bye now!

    Shave and a haircut 2 bits!

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    • 12. alex  |  September 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm

      thats how I kinda learned it but in stead of saying Bye now at the end my class said toodle lo.

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  • 13. Kay  |  May 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    here is how I learned it

    well i ran around the corner and i ran around the block, and i walked right in to the doughnut shop.
    so i picked up a doughnut and I licked off the greese and i handed the lady a 5 cent peice.
    Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said hey kid this isnt any good to me, there’s a hole in the middle you can see right through.
    I said Lady there’s a hole i the doughnut too!
    Thanks fur the doughnut,
    You bet!

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    • 14. Kylee  |  January 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      This is the one my daugther learned in school also! She sings it every day! It’s the cutest little song ever!! :)

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    • 15. Paloma  |  November 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

      I learned similar to this:
      Well, I walked around the corner and I walked around the block and I walked right into to a donut shop I picked up a donut and licked off all the grease and handed the lady a 5 cent piece.
      Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me. She said,” “This nickel doesn’t look good to me,
      There’s a hole in the middle and I can see right through.” I said,” Th ere’s a hole in the donut too.”
      ” Thanks for the donut.”
      “You bet”.

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      • 16. Shawna Tubberville  |  November 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        that is way i learn it in school

  • 17. Karla  |  June 3, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I walked around the corner and i walked around the block and i walked right in to the bakery shop, and i picked up the donut and i wiped of the grease, and i handed the lady a 5 cent peice. And she looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said hey mr can’t you plainly see there’s a hole in the nickel there’s a hole right through and I there’s a hole in the donut to.
    Thanks for the donut
    Good Day!

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  • 18. meg  |  June 10, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    well i walked round the corner and i walked round the block and i walked right in to a bakery shop
    and i picked up a donut and i wiped off the grease and i handed the baker a five cent piece
    then i looked at the baker and the baker looked at me and he said fine sir as you can plainly see there’s a hole in the nickel theres a hole right through
    said i theres a hole in the donut too!
    thanks for the donut, good day!

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  • 19. Bubba  |  July 10, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Oh, I walked around the corner and I walked around the block.
    And I walked right in a bakery shop
    And I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
    And I handed the baker a five cent piece.

    Well, he looked at the nickel and he looked at me
    And he said, “kind sir, you can plainly see
    There’s a hole in the donught and it goes right through.”
    said I, “ What the [... DELETED -- This site is viewed by young children. Please keep the language and comments suitable. Thanks, Kyle]

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  • 20. Frank  |  July 10, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Well…. I… walked around the corner and i walked around the block
    And I walked right in to a donut shop
    And I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece.

    Well… She… Looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    and she said kind sir you can plainly see
    There’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through
    and i said there’s a hole in the donut to
    Thanks for the donut…. so long!

    bai!

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  • 21. Rachael  |  July 22, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    This is what I was taught

    Well I walked around the corner and I walked around the block and I walked right into a doughnut shop and I picked up a doughnut and I wiped off the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece and she looked at the nickle and she looked at me and said “hey this nickle’s no good to me there’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through” I said “lady there’s a hole in my doughnut too!”
    thanks for the doughnut
    you bet!

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  • 22. Debbie  |  August 8, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I was taught this way:

    Well, I walked dowtown and I walked around the block.
    I walked right into the donut shop.
    I picked up a donut out of the grease.
    Gave the Lady a five cent piece.

    She looked at the nickel, then she looked at me.
    She said, “This nickels no good to me.
    There’s a hole in the middle and it’s all the way through.”
    I said, “There’s a hole in the donut too.”

    Thanks for the donut.
    Goodbye.

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  • 23. ThE_BEaN  |  August 11, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    This is how i heard it growing up…

    Well…. I… walked around the corner and i walked around the block
    And I walked right in to a donut shop
    And I picked up a donut and licked off the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece.

    Well… She… Looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    and she said this nickels no good to me
    There’s a hole in the nickel that goes right through
    well lady there’s a hole in my donut too.
    Thanks for the donut…. goodbye!

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  • 24. Bruin S.  |  August 11, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    I grew up in the 80’s and this is how i remember it…

    Well…. I… walked around the corner and i walked around the block
    And I walked right in to a donut shop
    And I picked up a donut and licked off the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece.

    Well… She… Looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    and she said this nickels no good to me
    There’s a hole in the middle that goes right through
    well lady there’s a hole in my donut too.
    Thanks for the donut…. goodbye!

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  • 25. chelsea  |  August 29, 2008 at 9:11 am

    can anybody please tell me where i can download the song.i fogot how to sing it. D= thanx.

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  • 26. Julie  |  October 21, 2008 at 11:23 am

    My granddad, who lived in North August, SC (right above August, GA) had a nickel with a square hole in it and used to tease me with this song, saying he actually did this. I wonder whatever happened to that old nickel.

    I went to Augusta, and I walked around the block,
    And I walked right into a bakery shop.
    I handed the baker a 5 cent piece.
    He took 2 donuts right from the grease.

    He looked at the money. He looked at me.
    He said, “this money’s no good, you see.
    There’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through.”
    I said, “Ah, but there’s a hole in the donut too!”

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  • 27. Tom G.  |  November 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    The official version (at least that’s the way I heard it)

    Well, I played follow-the-leader and I went around the block.
    I went into a baker’s shop.
    I took two donuts off’a the grease,
    and handed the man a five cent piece.
    He looked at the nichel and he looked at me.
    He said “this nickel is no good to me”.
    There’s a hole in the nickel that goes right through.
    Said I “There’s a hole in the donut, too”.

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    • 28. nickname  |  June 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Where’s the ending!!!!

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  • 29. Elizabeth  |  December 12, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I volunteer in a kindergarten classroom and every week a lady comes in to do art and music with the kids and she sings this song, but she sings several more verses. Does anyone know more verses? One is about a chicken that lays a hard-boiled egg. It’s a great song, and kids love it!!

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  • 30. joan ellen  |  February 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    What is the tune, the melody that we sing it to?

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    • 31. Barb Moore  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      The tune is: Turkey in the Straw

      This fun song has been passed through four generations of my family.

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  • 32. Maven  |  March 3, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Elizabeth,

    Here’s what you were looking for:
    Oh I had a little chickee
    and she wouldn’t lay an egg,
    so I poured hot water
    up and down her leg.

    Oh the little chickee cried
    and the little chickee begged,
    and the little chickee layed
    a hard boiled egg.

    (some sing ‘chicken’instead of chickee, and some use ‘hollered’ and ‘yelled’ instead of ‘cried’ and ‘begged’, but I think ‘begged’ rhymes much better)

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    • 33. dawn  |  October 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      thanks for reminding me of this song, almost forgot it.

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  • 34. Inga  |  March 8, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Apparently I was the only one who learned it this way..
    Oh I went to Philadelphia and I walked around the block
    And I walked right into a donut shop
    I took out a nickel and the lady looked at me
    I said, “Lady I’d like to buy a donut please.
    She looked at the nickel, then she looked at me,
    She said this nickel’s no good for me
    It’s got a hole in the middle and it goes right through
    I said lady there’s a whole in the donut too!
    Thanks for the donut, good-bye.

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  • 35. Michelle Nguyen  |  March 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Ok, you guys…all of your lyrics are wrong!! this is the real lyrics!!:
    Oh I walked around the cornor and I walked around the block
    And I walked right into a donut shop
    And I scoped a donut out of the greasy pan
    And I handed the lady a five cents piece
    Well….she looked at the nickel
    And she looked at me
    And she said this nickel is no good you see
    There’s a hole in the middle I can see you right through
    And I said there’s a hole in your donut too
    Thanks for the donut,,
    Peace Out!

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  • 36. jillian  |  March 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I remembered a different version:

    Well I walked into a donut shop for somethin’ good to eat!
    cuz I was so hungry from my head to my feet
    so’s I picks up a donut and a I wipes off the grease
    and I hand the waitress a 5 cent piece
    oooh sheee looks at the nickle and she looks at me
    says ‘hey mister, can’t you plainly see? there’s a hole in the nickle
    and it goes right trough.’
    i say ‘ahh there’s a hole in the donut too!
    shave and a hair cut. shampoo
    hit by the auto, bellvue
    when did this happen?
    last night.
    how do you feel now?
    alright.
    stung by the angry quartet
    I’m almost dead but
    (then you all yell)
    NOT YET!

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    • 37. Chris  |  July 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Wow. I grew up in RI in the 70’s and this was the EXACT version that I remember!! Thank You!

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  • 38. Jason Stevens  |  March 21, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    My grandfather sang this to me when I was little. I sang it to all three of my kids within minutes of their being born. Recently I asked my grandfather where he heard this. He remembers singing it around the campfire as a boyscout leader in northwestern Ohio. I’m guessing this was in the late 1930’s. Here’s his version:

    Oh I walked around Columbus and I walked around the block
    And I walked right in to a donut shop.
    And I picked me a donut right out of the grease
    And I handed the man a fine cent piece.
    Well he looked at the nickle and he looked at me
    And he said “This nickle’s no good you see.”
    “For there’s a whole that goes right through.”
    Said I “There a whole in the donut too.”
    “Thanks for the donut, good bye”

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  • 39. HeatherAndJason » Julia  |  March 22, 2009 at 12:27 am

    [...] in for Heather.  For a few minutes it’s just Julia and me by ourselves.  I sing her the Donut Song, just as I sang it for her siblings when they were [...]

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  • 40. BHO  |  March 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I thought it goes like this
    Well I walked around the corner and I walked around the block
    and I walked right into a donut shop I took a donut right out of the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece.
    Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said this nickel is no good to me theres a hole in the nickel i could see right through well i said theres a hole in my donut too

    Thanks for the donut,
    so long

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    • 41. tod  |  February 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

      That’s how I learned it, too!

      See #72

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  • 42. Rebecca  |  March 23, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Wow, you know when I first heard this song my friend Andrea had sung it, and she taught it to me like this:

    Well… I…. ran around the corner and I ran around the block, and I ran right into the donut shop (quite literally) *rubs forehead and picks self off ground*

    (skips the going into the store bit)

    Well… I …. took a donut right out of the grease, and I handed the lady a five cent piece.

    Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me, and she said “this nickel is no good you see. There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through”

    Well I said “Hey lady, there’s a hole in the do-nut too! Thanks for the donut, toodle loo!”

    I don’t know the rest of the song,
    Do you? (OR) See you!

    Personally i find this version more comical.

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  • 43. Priya  |  April 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Here is the version I learnt:

    I ran around the corner and I ran around the block
    And I ran right into the donut shop
    I pulled out a donut from the hot, boiling grease
    And I handed the lady a five-cent piece.
    Well, she looked at the nickle and she looked at me and she said this nickle is no good you see. There’s a hole in the middle and I said that’s true, there’s a hole in the donut too.
    Thanks for the donut! Toodle-loo!

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  • 44. CMDN  |  April 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    This is how i learned it:

    Well, I walked around the corner,
    I walked around the block,
    I walked right into the donut shop.

    I picked up a donut,
    and shook off the grease,
    and handed the lady my five cent peice.

    Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me.
    she said This nickel is no good to me,
    theres a hole that goes right on through,
    i said, whoops, theres a hole in the donut too!

    Thanks for the donut,
    SALUTE!

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    • 45. Bill Tozer  |  December 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      I learned this in Binghamton, NY in the 1950’s

      Sung to Turkey in the Straw:

      “Well, I went to Cincinnati and I walked around the block
      And I walked right into a donut shop.
      I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
      And I handed the bakery man a 5 cent piece.
      Well, he looked at the nickel and he looked at me
      and he said kind sir, you can plainly see
      There’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through
      Said I there’s a hole in the donut too.
      Dum dada dum dum…dum dum!”

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  • 46. Pat Spittal  |  May 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Over 50 years ago, I attended day camp in Rochester NY and we sang this version of the Donut Song:
    Oh, I went to Toledo and I walked around the block
    And I walked right into a donut shop.
    I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease and I
    handed the lady a 5 cent piece.

    Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    and she said kind sir, can’t you plainly see
    There’s a hole in the nickel and it’s all the way through
    Said I there’s a hole in the donut too.

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  • 47. M Cheney  |  July 5, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I’m 75. My grandfather (who ran a steam shovel for the railroad during the building of the transcontinental railroad) sang this song to my father over a hundred years ago
    The only differences in lyrics were that the hole in the nickel went ‘clean through’, and ‘Sez I” there’s a hole in the doughnut too.
    They sang the ‘Kind sir, you can plainly see’ version.

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  • 48. Michele  |  August 1, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I am from a huge Italian family! My Great Grandfather and his Cousin both Peter Sciortino came to the united states and both ran bakery shops. My Mother learned this version while in grade school in Brooklyn, NY in the 50’s.

    I walked around the corner and turned around the block
    And I walked right into a bakery shop
    And I picked up a donut and wiped off the grease
    And I handed the Man a five-cent piece.
    And he looked at the money then he looked at me and he said this money is no good to me. There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through, said I there’s a hole in my donut too!

    (*to the tune of shave and haircut)
    Bump audi yada YUM! YUM! :)

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  • 49. Hannah  |  August 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    My grandpa would sing this to us when we were little, and my cousins and I sang it at his funeral.

    I went downtown and I walked around the block,
    I walked right into the donut shop,
    Picked three donuts out of the grease,
    Handed the lady a five cent piece.
    Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me,
    She said, ” This nickels no good to me, Theres a hole in the middle and its all the way through”. Says I, ” Theres a hole in the donut too”
    Thanks for all the laughs, Paw-Paw! We miss you terribly! Ray Land 1936-2009

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    • 50. paulina  |  March 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      shame it must f been sad when you sang that song at the furnaral of your grandad my dad died when i was 9

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  • 51. Ed Barna  |  October 13, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I first heard this on a record by a blind street singer named Rev. Baybie Hoover. The ending was particularly good: “There’s a hole in the nickel and it’s all the way through.” Says I, “There’s hole in the donut, too.” with a note of triumph in the kid’s voice–and the song ends there.

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  • 52. Jackie B  |  October 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    My dad leaned it as a kid, but because he lived in Michigan, it began:
    Oh I went to Traverse City and I walked around the block….

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  • 53. wade  |  November 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    i heard a different ending – it goes DUN, DUN DUN DUN, DUN – Tough Dough!

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  • 54. Haley  |  November 6, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Well, I walked around the corner and I walked around the block.
    And I walked right in to a donut shop.
    And I picked up a donut fresh from the grease and I handed the lady my five cent piece.

    Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    And she said,”This nickel is no good to me,
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through.”
    And I said “WELL,there’s a hole in my donut too!:P”

    Thanks for the donut,
    GOOD DAY ! :P

    hehe:)
    Girl scout camp.

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  • 55. ML  |  February 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Our 8th grade teacher taught us this one. She acted out the whole thing.. fond memories.

    Oh, I went to Cincinnati and I walked around the block.
    And I walked right in a bakery shop
    WhereI picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
    And I handed the baker a five cent piece.
    Well, he looked at the nickel and he looked at me
    And he said, “kind sir, you can plainly see
    There’s a hole in the nickel and it and it goes right through.”
    And I said “There’s a hole in the doughnut too!
    Thanks for the doughnut….So LONG!”

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  • 56. joe lawler  |  February 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    learned this version in the bronx,mid 1960’s well i ran around the corner and i ran around the block and i ran right into a bakery shop and i picked up a donut and i wiped off the grease and i handed the lady a five cent piece . well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said hey mister can ya plainly see theres a hole in the nickel theres a hole right thru said i theres a hole in the donut too. thanks for the donut goodbye!

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  • 57. Sereya aka Lil Miss Swagga  |  February 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    This is what i heard at my camp:
    WELL I WALKED AROUND THE CORNER AND I WALKED AROUND THE BLOCK,
    AND I WALKED RIGHT INTO A DONUT SHOP,
    AND I PICKED UP THE DONUT AND I LICKED OFF THE CREAM,
    AND I HANDED THE LADY MY 5-CENT PIECE
    WELL SHE LOOKED AT THE NICKLE AND SHE LOOKED AT ME,
    SHE SAID LADY THIS NICKEL ISNT GOOD FOR ME,
    THERES A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE,
    AND IT GOES RIGHT THROUGH,
    I SAID LADY THERES A HOLE IN MY DONUT TOO,
    THANKS FOR THE DONUT
    YOU BET!

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  • 58. Alice  |  March 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    My aunt, Ann Salzer, taught this version to her kids, my siblings and me in the 60’s. Every other week we drove from Key Largo,
    FL to Homestead, FL to do grocery shopping–seven kids and two adults in an un-airconditioned, no radio station wagon. The adults sang to keep us from killing each other in the back seat.

    O-h-h-h, I went down to the bakery just to get somthin to eat
    Cause I was hungry from my head to my feet.
    So, I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
    and I handed the lady a five cent piece.
    Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    And she said, “Kind sir, can’t you plainly see?
    There’s a hole in the nickel, there’s a hole clean through.”
    Says I “There’s a hole in the donut, too!”

    In a 1948 copy of the book, A Rocket in My Pocket, by Carl Withers, page 186, there is this poem. There is no attribution.

    I had a nickel and I walked around the block.
    I walked right into a baker shop.
    I took two doughnuts right out of the grease;
    I handed the lady my five-cent piece.
    She looked at the nickel and she looked at me,]
    And said, “This money’s no good to me.
    There’s a hole in the nickel, and it goes right through.”
    Says I, “There’s a hole in the doughnut, too.”

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  • 59. Jaime  |  March 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    This is how I learned it back when I was at daycamp:

    Well, I walked around the corner and I walked around the block
    And I walked right into a donut shop
    And I took a little donut from the pan of grease
    And I gave the lady my five cent piece

    She looked at the nickel, then she looked at me
    She said, “This nickel is no good you see, there’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through”
    “Well Lady, there’s a hole in the donut too!”

    Da da da da da

    Truffles
    (or)
    Tough rolls

    (i forgot which)

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  • 60. Rachel  |  March 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    well, i went to cincinnati and i walked around the block
    and i walked right into a donut shop
    i picked up a donut right out of the grease
    and i handed the baker a five cent piece

    well he looked at the nickel and he looked at me
    and he said this nickel is no good you see
    there’s a hole in the middle and it’s all the way through
    said i, there’s a hole in the donut, too!

    shave and a haircut–two bits!

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  • 61. Maureen Esbensen  |  April 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Welll, IIIIIII went to Cincinnati
    and I went around the block
    and I walked right in to a bakery shop
    and I handed the Lady a 5 cent piece a
    and I said two Donuts for me PLEASE.

    Wellll she, looked at the Nickel
    and she looked at me
    and she said this Nickel is no good to me
    theres a hole in the Nickel and it goes right threw..

    Well Lady, theres a hole in the Donut too.

    Thanks for the Donut ..
    SO LONG

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  • 62. Kimberly  |  April 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    hahaha I never realized there were so many different versions of this song! I learned it like this:

    Wellll, III went downtown and I ran around the block
    And I ran right in to a bakery shop
    And I took three doughnuts right out of the grease,
    And I handed the lady a five cent piece.
    Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    Said, “This money’s no good, it’s plain to see. There’s a hole in the middle and it’s all the way through.”
    Said I, “There’s a hole in my doughnuts too!”
    Thanks for the doughnuts! Goodbye!

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  • 63. Kelly  |  April 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    This is how i learned in in Socal 90s

    Oh i walked down the street and i walked around the block and i walked right into a bakery shop and i took a doughnut right off the gresse and i gave the lady a 5-cent piece well, she looked at the nickel , and she looked at me, and she said “This nickel is no good you see! There’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right though” and i said ” Well, lady there’s a hole in the doughnut too!”

    No goodbye or toodle loo ending

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  • 64. Judy  |  May 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    This is incredible. My grandmother, who passed away at 94, more than 10 years ago, sang this to me, and now I sing it to my children. We thought we were the only ones who knew it.

    Our version goes like this:

    Oh I went into a donut shop to get something to eat
    Cause I was so hungry from my head to my feet
    And I picked up a donut and I scraped off the grease
    And I handed the waitress a 5 cent piece
    Well she looked at the donut and she looked at me
    And she said kind sir can’t you plainly see
    There’s a hold in the nickel and it goes right through
    Said I, there’s a hold in the donut too.

    Shave and a haircut, shampoo

    _______________________________

    Ah what great memories. I miss my grandmother.

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  • 65. Niko  |  June 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I learned this way at camp. it ends with everyone yeling SHUTUP to each other.

    Ohhh… I….walked around the corner and I walked around the block
    and I walked right into a donut shop
    and I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
    and I handed the lady a 5 cent piece
    Well…. she….looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    and she said kind sir cant you plainly see?
    theres a hole in the nickel and it goes right through
    I said ah theres a hole in the donut too
    shave and a haircut, shampoo
    hit by an auto, belvue
    when did it happen, last night
    how are you feeling, alright
    clothes on the washline, dryed up
    you said a mouthful, SHUTUP
    (here everyone loudly yells shutup to each other)

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  • 66. Jordan  |  July 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    this is how i learned it

    well i trucked around the corner and trucked around the block and trucked right into a donut shop i picked up a donut and lick of the greese and gave the lady a 5 cent piece then she look at the nickel then look at me and said this nickel isnt good to me theres a whoole in the middle i can see right through. i said theres a whole in the donut to. thanks for the donut ,so long, hitmynada mobile, how r u feeling ? alright when did it happen last night

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  • 67. Camille  |  July 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I heard this at camp, only the ending was pretty different. I’m used to:

    Da-da-da-da-da, No sale!

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  • 68. Larry P Schiller  |  July 29, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I am glad at least one other person knows it as “I Went to Toledo.” I learned it in 1952. I taught it at St. Louis YMCA Camp Lakewood in 1959 and was surprised to find a couple of years ago that they are still singing it although the tune had changed a bit. It is just Turkey in the Straw. My version is “Oh,I went to Toledo and I walked around the block, and I walked right in to a donut shop and I picked three donuts out of the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece. She looked at the nickel and she looked at me, she said this nickel’s no good to me, there’s a hole in the middle and it’s all the through, says I there’s a hole in the donuts too. Thanks for the donuts. Bye. Bye.”

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  • 69. Jack  |  September 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    This is what I learned. Very close to Niko’s version. My sister and I learned this from our Aunt in the 70’s and now teach our kids.

    Well….I walked around the corner, and I walked around the block,
    and I walked right in to a bakery shop,
    I picked up a donut and I wiped off the greese
    and I handed the lady a five cent piece.
    Well…she…looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    and she said ‘kind sir, you can plainly see,
    there’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through’
    Well ma’am there’s a hole in the donut too.

    Shave and a haircut,
    shampoo
    Hit by an auto, bellvue
    When did it happen,
    last night
    how are you feeling, alright
    clothes on the washline, dried up
    you said a mouthful, Shut up!

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  • 70. Serena  |  October 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    My grandfather – would be 100 or something if he’d lived this long – used to sing it to his grandchildren. I found this site by looking for the tune (since I need a little help with a few notes)… Please let me know if there’s a link I can follow to the tune. Thanks!

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  • 71. Larry  |  October 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    The tune I learned is an old American folk tune “Turkey in the Straw”. although that doesn’t fit some of the words that other people remember.

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  • 72. mae  |  October 5, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I agree, it is turkey in the straw. you can find this tune all over the internet! Have fun!

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  • 73. dawn  |  October 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    my mother taught me this song as a toddler in the early sixties, we lived in cleveland ohio and it went like this.

    Oh I went to Cincinnati and I walked around the block
    Walked right into a bakery shop
    Took 3 donuts form a plate of grease,
    And I handed the lady a five cent piece,
    She looked at the nickel and she looked at me,
    She said this nickel is no use to me,
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through,
    I said there’s holes in your do-nuts too.
    Dump da de ah da, dump dump

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  • 74. Jack  |  October 12, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I know this:
    I stepped around the corner and I stepped around the block,
    I stepped right in to the backery shop
    I picked 2 dounts right out of the grease
    and I handed the lady a 5 cent peice
    she looked at the nickel them she looked at me
    and she said ‘Young man your cheating me,
    there’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through,”
    the I said there’s a hole in tthe donut too!”
    Thanks for the donut, Good bye!

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  • 75. Emily  |  October 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    My mother taught my 2 sisters and me this rhyme some 50 years ago and we still recite it to this day. We have never met anyone who has heard it before. That’s why I love the Internet!

    Well I went to Chicago and I walked around the block and I walked right into a bakery shop. I picked 3 donuts right outta the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece. She looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said this nickel’s no good to me. “There’s a hole in the center and it’s all the way through.” Says I “There’s holes in yer donuts too!”

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  • 76. Chris  |  November 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Monticello, MN

    I know this song from grade school in the 70’s. It was on an album we would listen to. Another song was “I’ve got a Surprise”, about a hand. Does anyone know of this album/artist. I would love to share this with my children.

    Thank you.

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  • 77. Laurie Alpert  |  December 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    my dad, may he rest in peace, learned it from his grandpa and it went like this…
    OHHHH I walking into the Bakery shop to get something to eat
    For i was so hungry from my head to my feet
    so I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
    And i handed the waitress a 5c piece
    WEEEEELLLL she looked at the donut and she looked at me..
    And she said, “Say Mister, cant’ you plainly see, there’s a hole in the nickel…there’s a hole right through.”
    Says I, “There’s a hole in the donut too!”
    Shave and a haircut….Shampoo!!!

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  • 78. sophie onion  |  December 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I learned this song a bit differently than the first one posted:

    Well I walked around the corner and i walked around the block
    And I walked right into a doughnut shop
    And I picked up a doughnut and i wiped off the grease
    And I handed the lady my five-cent piece.

    Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    And she said “look kid this nickel’s no good you see
    It’s got a hole in the middle and it goes right through”
    And I said, “lady, there’s a hole in the doughnut too!”

    Thanks for the doughnut
    Good day!

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  • 80. Valerie  |  February 11, 2011 at 3:04 am

    This is amazing, I never knew there were so many different versions! I didn’t know it was a song either….it’s just something that my Grandpa says every once in a while, more so when I was younger though….but we still occasionally joke about “Toledo”! Hard to believe, but no one here has yet posted this exact version:

    In kind of an animated voice:
    Well, I went to Toledo and I walked around the block,
    I walked right in to a doughnut shop,
    I picked three doughnuts out of the grease,
    and handed the lady a five cent piece.

    She looked at the money and she looked at me
    And said “Son, this money’s no good to me!
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through”
    Said I, “There’s a hole in the doughnut, too!”

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  • 81. tod  |  February 21, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I always thought it was:

    Well, I walked around the corner
    and I walked around the block
    and I walked right into a donut shop.
    I scooped up a donut right out of the grease,
    and I handed the lady a five-cent piece.

    Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    and she said this nickel is no good you see
    there’s a hole in the middle
    I can see right through
    and I said there’s a hole in the donut, too.

    Thanks for the donut,
    So long!

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  • 82. stefani  |  March 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    i heard: i went to cinncinaty and i walked around the block and i walked right in to a bakery shop i picked up a dount and wiped off the grease i gave the lady a five cent piece welll she looked at the nickle and she looked at me she said this nickel is no good to me theres a whole in the and its all the way throught says i theres a whole in the donut to thanks for the donut goodbye

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  • 83. taylor  |  April 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Well i stepped around the corner and i stepped around the block and i stepped right in to the bakery shop i pulled 2 doughnuts right out of the grease and i handed the lady a 5 cent piece she looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said hey you! Your cheating me there’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through so i said there’s a hole in the doughnut too thanks for the doughnut goodbye!

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  • 84. rrtzz t6t  |  April 11, 2011 at 6:39 am

    DOOOOONUUUTSSSS ICH WILL JETZT DOONUUUTTTSSSSSS TUT DIESEN TEXT HIER IN GOOGLE SPRACHTOOLS, DAS IST DEUTSCH!!!!!!!

    http://translate.google.de/translate_t?hl=&ie=UTF-8&text=DOOOOONUUUTSSSS+ICH+WILL+JETZT+DOONUUUTTTSSSSSS+TUT+DIESEN+TEXT+HIER+IN+GOOGLE+SPRACHTOOLS%2C+DAS+IST+DEUTSCH!!!!!!!&sl=de&tl=en#

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  • 85. rrtzz t6t  |  April 11, 2011 at 6:39 am

    dododododoodnuts

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  • 86. Leah  |  April 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I learned the song at Girl Scout Camp in the 80s and taught it to my three girls. My oldest daughter now sings it with her 2 year old. This was how I learned it:

    Wellll, IIIII, went to Toledo and I walked around the block
    and I walked right in to a donut shop.
    Well, I picked up a donut and I shook off the grease
    and I handed the lady a five-cent piece

    Wellll, sheeee, looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    and she said “This Nickel ain’t no good to me.
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through.”
    I said, “Lady there’s a hole in the donut too!”

    Bada ba dum dum, Bada ba da, Bada ba dum dum, Bada ba da,
    dum dum dum dum dum dum da

    I said, “Lady there’s a hole in the donut too”

    Ba dada da dum, DONUT!

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    • 87. Me  |  June 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      hmm interesting

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      • 88. Me  |  June 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        its a fun way with the bada ba dum dum

      • 89. me again  |  June 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        its a fun way with the bada ba dum dum

  • 90. Allison  |  May 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I heard it like this

    Welll IIII ran around the corner and I ran around the block and I jumped right into the doughnut shop
    I picked up a doughnut and wiped off all the grease and gave the lady a five cent piece
    She looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said young man your a cheating see there’s a hole in the nickel and it goes straight through ” and I said ‘well there’s a whole in the doughnut too’
    Thanks for the doughnut
    good bye

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    • 91. Sarah  |  January 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      When I was growing up I went to church camp and this is how we sang it:
      welll iiii ran around the corner and I ran around the block and I ran right in to the doughnut shop and i picked up a doughnut right out of the grease and I handed the lady a 5 cent piece wellll the lady looked at the nickel and the lady looked at me and she said this nickels no good to me its got a hole in the middle and it goes right through and I said there’s a hole in the doughnut too da da da da da da

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  • 92. Me  |  June 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    My little sister taught it to me like this:

    I went to fill the daffie and i walked around the block
    and i walked right in to a donut shop
    i-i picked up a donut right out of the grease
    and i handed the lady a five cent piece
    she looked at me and i looked at her
    and she said
    this nickel is no good to me
    theres a whole in the nickel i can see right through
    and i said to her
    theres a whole in the donut to
    thanks for the donut
    goodbye

    well it was something like that, she sang it once then forgot some of it but if this isn’t right it’s really close.

    i don’t know what she meant by “fill the daffie”
    but it was cute

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  • 93. Jessica  |  July 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I heard it completely different…

    Aaaasss I went walking down the street
    I looked in the window and I chanced to meet
    A little round donut all covered in grease
    and I handed the lady a 5 cent piece.

    She looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    And she said “This nickel doesn’t look good to me,
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through.”
    I said, “Lady, there’s a hole in the donut too.”

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  • 94. Jayne  |  August 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    My grandpa was born in 1898 and he sang it like this..
    I live way down in Sack A Rack Maniac, Samuel Hastings is my name. I own forty acres of wild tail lamb, a load of hay and a bank of sand. I went to the circus the other day with a ticket I bought from a load of hay. (music stops) I saw monkeys, giraffes, and a funny clown that made me laugh, Ho, Ho, Ho. I felt so hollow from my head to my feet I went the restaurant to get something to eat. Ordered a couple of doughnuts scraped off the grease threw the girl waiter a five cent piece. She looked at the nickel, she looked me this nickel no good for can’t you see there’s a whole in nickel goes all the way through, says I there’s whole in the donut too.

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  • 95. ML  |  August 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Wow Jayne (86th comment) I LOVE your version! It is by far the most different! Is it still sung to Turkey in the Straw? I was trying to match it to the melody and had some trouble.
    Thanks for your reply!

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  • 96. Mark  |  August 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    this song if from steamboat willie
    the original disney cartoon

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  • 97. Kuulei  |  January 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Well I walked down the street, I walked around block,
    I walked right into the donut shop
    I took outta my pocket a five-cent piece
    And told the lady,”Can I have one donut please?”

    She picked up the nickel as nicely as can be
    Then she screamed, “Young man you’re cheating me,
    there’s a hole in this nickel and it goes right through.”
    So I thought for a second and I knew what to do.

    So I took my shoes off and I threw ‘em right at her
    And stealing that donut didn’t make me any sadder
    I ran out the store and back down the street
    And I had a free donut, but no shoes on my feet.

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  • 98. Donna Williams  |  January 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    My grandfather who was born in 1895 and lived in Massachusetts taught it to me and my siblings like this:

    I went to Boston to see Bunker Hill, ‘cuz
    That’s where my big brother Bill got killed.
    Went to a restaurant, took up a seat
    Looked at the bill of fare; which was very neat.
    Ordered a doughnut, scraped off the grease
    Handed the waitress a 5 cent piece.
    Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    And she said that nickel don’t agree with me;
    There’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through.
    Said I, there’s another in the doughnut too.

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  • 99. Dillon  |  January 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    My grand mother actually wrote the original in college for a class in the fifties

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    • 100. kriz  |  May 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      so did my grandma!

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  • 101. jeffrey terr  |  January 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Have you ever been fishin’ on a bright and sunny day?
    With all the little fishes swimming up and down the bay
    With their hands in their pockets and their pockets in their pants
    And all the little fishes do the hoochie-coochie dance!

    (kazoo solo?)

    I went to Cincinnati and I walked around the block.
    I walked right into a bakery shop.
    I grabbed three doughnuts out of the grease
    And handed the baker a five cent piece.

    Well….he looked at the nickel, then he looked at me.
    He said, “this nickel’s no good to me.
    “There’s a hole in the middle, and it goes right through.”
    Says I, “there’s a hole in the doughnuts, too.
    “Thanks for the doughnuts. Good-bye! :-)”

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  • 102. bgriffin32  |  April 1, 2012 at 1:02 am

    What I heard was

    Well I walked around the corner,
    and I walked around the block,
    and I walked right into a doughnut shop.
    And I picked up the doughnut,
    and I licked off the grease,
    handed the lady my 5 cent piece.

    Well, she, looked at the nickel, then she looked at me.
    Said “this nickel is no good to me.”
    “There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through”,
    said “there’s a hole in my doughnut too!”
    Thank’s for the doughnut, goodbye!

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  • 103. Paula  |  May 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Didn’t anybody else learn it this way? The lyrics fit the tune so well.

    Oh, I took a walk;
    Around the block,
    And I stuck my head in a doughnut shop.
    I pulled a doughnut from out of the grease,
    Handed the lady a five-cent piece.
    She looked at the money,
    She looked at me,
    She said, “This money ain’t no good to me,
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through!”
    So I said, “There’s a hole in the doughnut, too.”

    Thanks for the doughnut,
    Good-bye.

    Have you ever gone a-fishin’ on a hot summer day,
    When you’re sittin’ on a bench,
    And the bench gave away.
    With your hands in your pockets
    And your pockets in your pants,
    Watch the little fishies do the hula hula dance!

    Boom diddly yada,
    Slick fish!

    Oh, I had a little chickie who wouldn’t lay an egg,
    So I poured hot water up and down her leg,
    Well, the little chickie cried,
    And the little chickie begged,
    And the little chickie laid a hard-boiled egg!

    Boom diddly yada,
    Slick chick!

    (I think that there was another verse about a skunk, but I can only remember the last part:)

    Boom diddly yada,
    Pee-Ewe!

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  • 104. mstishad  |  June 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    in colorado springs my auntie pam ise to say it like this… well I walked around the corner and I walked around the block and I walked right into a donut shop and I handed the lady my 5 cent piece and she took those donuts right out of the grease first she looked at the nickel then she looked at me she said this nickels no good you see there’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through well lady there’s a hole in your donuts

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  • 105. Clara  |  June 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Im not sure any one has this version, but heres mine.

    Wellllll III walked around the coner and i walked down the block and i walked right into a donut shop. And I picked up a donut fresh from the grease and i handed the land a 5 cent piece.

    Welllll she looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said this nickel is no good you see. theres a hole in the middle and goes right through. And i said theres a hole in the donut to.

    Thanks for the donut. So long!

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  • 106. nia  |  June 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I learner it way differently
    I learner it like dis:
    Well I ran around the corner nd I ran around da block
    nd I ran rite into a donut shop nd I picked up a donut nd I licked off da grease nd I handed da lady a 5 cent piece
    Well she looked at da nickel nd she looked at me nd she sed dis nickels no good u c thers a hole in da middle I can c rite thru
    I sed thx for da donut so long

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  • 107. nia  |  June 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I meant learned

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  • 108. Robert Friedman  |  July 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    well i walked into a baker shop to get something to eat
    cause I was so hungry from my head to my feet
    so I picks-up a donut and I wipes off the grease and I handed the waitress a five cent piece

    well she looks at the nickel and she looks at me and she says “hey mister can’t you plainly see – there’s a hole in the nickel, there’s a hole right through” Says I, “there’s a hole in the donut too!”

    Shave and a haircut – shampoo

    Hit by an auto – Bellvue

    Clothes on the washline – dry up

    You said a mouthful – Good Night!

    GAFriedman died February 16, 2008 Thanks for the bedtime song dad.

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  • 109. J. Webb  |  November 20, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Here’s another version,

    I walked around the corner,
    I walked around the block,
    I walked right into the donut shop.
    I picked up a donut,
    Licked off the grease,
    Then handed the lady my five cent piece.

    She looked at the nickel,
    Then she looked at me.
    She said, “This nickel’s no good you see.
    There’s a hole in the middle,
    I can see right through!”
    “Well, lady, there’s a hole in your donut, too!”.

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  • 110. Jerry Sims  |  January 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My mum grew up in the Great Depression and said this song was often sung in response to seeing a Louisiana tax token (given to the poor so they could pay their taxes with it). It went to the music of “Turkey in the Straw”.

    Well, I walked around the corner,
    and I walked around the block,
    and I walked right into a bakery shop.
    I picked up a donut that looked good to me,
    and I handed the lady my five cent piece.

    Well, she looked at the nickel,
    and she looked at me,
    and she said, “This nickel’s no good to me.
    There’s a hole in the middle,
    and it goes right through!”
    Says I to the lady,
    “there’s a hole in the donut, too!”.

    Thanks for the doughnut, good bye!

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  • 111. Taylor Zach Randwell  |  May 30, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I walked around the corner
    I walked around the block
    I walked right in to the donut shop
    I picked up a donut and I licked off the grease
    I handed the lady a 5 cent piece
    She looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    She said this nickle is no good to me
    There’s a hole in the middle I can see right through
    Lady there’s a hole in the donut too
    Thanks for the donut
    You bet!

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  • 112. Dee  |  October 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Eh HEM. This is how I learned it….

    One day I found a nickel,
    and I ran around the block,
    and I ran right in
    to the bakery shop
    and I put the nickel on the shelf,
    and I took a donut for myself.

    WELL she looked at the nickel,
    and she looked at me,
    and she said, “This nickel is no good to me!
    There’s a hole in the middle, I can see straight through!”
    And I said,”There’s a hole in the donut too…”

    BUM… BUH BUH BUH BUM. BUM… BUM. BUM.

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  • 113. Jim  |  November 26, 2013 at 9:16 am

    It’s likely that people learned version based, in part, on where there live. I learned this version in the late 1960s in northwest Iowa. I believe that regionalisms occur over the course of even a generation or two that allow for the variances. In a century from now, it’s likely there will be even more variations of this song, and given enough time, it’s possible each future version will be unrecognizable from one another. Of course, I’m not a linguist, but I have a graduate degree in English and know enough about language to know it’s fluid over time and distance.

    Well . . . I . . . went to Toledo and I walked around the block
    And I walked right into a baker’s shop
    I took a donut right hot from the grease
    And I gave the lady a five cent piece
    Well . . . she . . . looked at the nickel then she looked at me
    And she said, “This money is no good to me
    There’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through.”
    Said I, “There’s a hole in the donut too
    Thanks for the donut. Goodbye.”

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  • 114. Alan  |  November 29, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I learned it 47 years ago from a substitute teacher. As I am a substitute teacher I hope that a third grader becomes a sub and passes it forward. I even altered it to deal with inflation and modern coinage (Canadian $ coin is called a Loonie)

    Oh, I went to the store for something to eat,
    ’cause I was hungry from my head to my feet!
    I picked up a donut fresh from the grease
    And handed the lady a dollar piece.

    She looked at the Loonie and she looked at me
    And said this Loonie is no good, you see!
    It’s got a hole in it and I can see right though.
    Said I, your donut has a hole in it, too!

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  • 115. Anson  |  December 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I learned this in Montana in 1947 or 48 when I was 11 or 12:

    I went to a rest’rant to get something to eat
    For I was hungry from my head to my feet
    I picked up a doughnut right out of the grease
    And I handed the waiter a five-cent piece.

    He looked at the nickel and he looked at me
    And he said this nickel’s no good to me
    There’s a hold in the middle and it goes right through
    Says I, there’s a hole in the doughnut too.

    The tune was “Casey Jones”

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  • 116. Roslie  |  January 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Your lyrics are completely incorrect

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  • 117. Caird58@ yahoo.co.uk  |  January 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I went to the bakers to get something to eat,
    I felt so hungry from my head to my feet!
    I picked up a don’t and I wiped of the grease….and
    I handed the lady a penny piece….well, she looked at the penny and she looked at me…and she said kind sir can’ t you plainly see…there’s a hole in your penny…there’s a hole right through……says I there’s a hole in your don’t to!!

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  • 118. gina  |  May 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    i remember this;

    well, i ran around the corner and i ran around the block
    and i ran right into a donut shop
    and i picked up a donut and i licked off the grease
    then i handed the lady a five-cent piece.
    well……
    she
    looked at the nickel then she looked at me
    and she said
    this nickel is no good you see,
    there’s a hole in the middle and it goes right though
    and i said “lady theres a hole in my donut too!!”

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  • 119. Helga  |  July 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Well I walked around the corner and I walked around the block,
    and I walked right in to a donut shop.
    I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease
    and I handed the lady a five cent piece.

    Well she looked at the nickle and she looked at me
    and she said ‘Kind sir you can plainly see,
    there’s a hole in the nickle and it goes right through’
    And I said ‘Ah there’s a hole in the donut too.’

    Shave and a haircut, two bits.
    That’s how a barber, gets rich.
    Shave and a haircut, no more.
    That’s how a barber, getss poor.

    Sung by the Girl Scout, Quartet
    Almost over, not yet.
    Thanks for the donut, goodbye.
    Now it’s over, don’t cry.

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  • 120. shimon lefkowitz  |  August 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    anyone know where i can download the actual song perferred sung by kids ” i ran around the corner and I walked around the block

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  • 121. Kaulinv  |  October 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Well I ran around the corner
    And I ran around the block
    And I ran right in to a donut shop
    I pulled a donut out of the hot boiling grease
    And gave the lady a five cent piece

    Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
    And she said “This nickel’s no good for me.
    There’s a hole in the middle.” Well I said “That’s true,
    But there’s a hole in the middle of my donut too!

    Thanks for the donut
    Toodle-oo.”

    Reply

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