Has anyone ever heard this little "jingle"?

My mother used to say little rhymes and songs and stuff around the house when I was growing up. Some of them were things she learned in school (she was born in 1924), but the following one is kind of strange. I wonder if anyone has ever heard it and/or can tell me the origin of it. It almost sounds like something from an old-time radio ad or something.

Here goes:

“Today’s the day
they give babies away
with a half a pound of tea.”

There is a long discussion on this folk song forum. They don’t reach a definitive conclusion on origins, although it’s clear that it was familiar (mentioned in a newspaper article) in 1904.

SV, you are The Bomb! :slight_smile: