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Posted by Bob on April 03, 2006

In Reply to: Round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows... posted by Rachel on March 31, 2006

: : : : : : does anyone know where the line "round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows" comes from? It's like a little children's rhyme, but I don't remember it. Any clues.

: : : : : I have no clue to its origin, but it sounds to me more like roulette than a children's game. SS

: : : : This was one of the lines from "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" which was a radio show that ran from 1934-1948, when it made the transition to television as the "Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour" and ran until 1970.

: : : : You can find out more by going to which appears to be a fan site. They're quite eager to tell people that their show was the original American Idol.

: : : The sentence that caught Brian's attention reads, in part: 'This is the show that made the "gong" famous as well as "the wheel of fortune" and the phrase: "round' and 'round she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows."' I'm inclined to think the phrase, as used on the Amateur Hour, referred to the Wheel of Fortune. Is this, then, the first use of the catch-phrase? Or just the show that made it famous? Does it matter? SS

: : Could've been a standard phrase used by carnival barkers, and so would have been familiar to most Americans in the 1930's.

: Thanks a lot. I think what you guys dug up works just fine for what I need. Rachel

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