Name this Taunt Song...

I’m working on a screenplay and I want one of the characters to beep a horn in a very recognizable fashion, but I don’t know the name of the tune.

Think of when someone knocks on your door in an attempt to be cute. Give it a try.

Knock knock-knock knock knock…pause…knock knock.

What is this called? I remember being on the playground sitting in a circle with other kids trying to determine who will be “it.” One of the rhymes to select the person had this same riff…but the rhyme was “Skunk in the barnyard…P.U., somebody did it, not you.” Or something along those lines.

I think Bugs Bunny made a habit of being highly annoying in the form of this little riff.

Any ideas?


Shave and a haircut…
…two bits.

Rent “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” for a great example of the song in action.

Q.E.D. is right.

Now, where did “Shave and a Haircut” come from?

A barber shop?

Wiki sez:

Slight hijack here but I’ve always been curiousabout where the derisory chant used by young kids in both Britain and the U.S. came from.

It has no actual words but the best way that I can render it is…


Are you sure you don’t mean, “Ner, ner, ner, ner, ner!”? Bear* in mind regional accents!

  • There should be a different ‘bear’ for this purpose. When I’m told to ‘bear in mind’ something, my immediate thoughts go to Yogi!

Not saying it’s conclusive, but wikipedia says the first known occurrence of the tune is from an 1899 Charles Hale song, “At a Darktown Cakewalk”

Edit: Whoops I see Kimstu posted that already.

Awesome, thanks guys. I totally forgot about Shave and a Haircut. I think that’s what I’ll go with.

I always knew it as “Nanny nanny boo boo.”

Well, you could bare it in mind. But, that’s probably worse.

It sounds a lot like “a tisket a tasket”, the 19th-century nursery rhyme.