The Origins and Fun Behind “Guess What? Chicken Butt!”

Welcome to Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, where we embrace the joy of childhood and the power of nursery rhymes! Today, we’re diving into the origins and history of a classic rhyme that’s sure to bring a smile to your face: “Guess What? Chicken Butt!”

The Written Lyrics

Let’s start with the lyrics that have delighted kids for generations:

  • Guess what? What? Chicken butt!
  • Guess why? Why? Chicken thigh!
  • Guess where? Where? Chicken hair!
  • Guess when? When? Chicken hen!
  • Guess who? Who? Chicken poo!

The Fun of Printable Lyrics and Photo

If you’d like to share these lyrics with your little ones or have a printable version for your collection, we’ve got you covered! Click here to get a printable PDF copy of “Guess What? Chicken Butt!” And for a visual treat, check out the image below:

Chicken Butt Lyrics

The Origins and History

Now, let’s explore the fascinating backstory of this playful rhyme. Though its origins are somewhat hazy, there’s a historical connection that brings clarity to the phrase “Guess What? Chicken Butt!”

Long ago, this rhyme was a common dialogue among merchants in local markets. It’s believed that the original words were part of an advertisement: “Chicken butt! Five cents a cut!” But don’t worry, “chicken butt” wasn’t referring to a hen’s behind. It actually referred to the meat from a chicken shoulder.

Back in the day, butchers would separate the less desirable cuts, like the shoulder, from the more popular cuts like the breast and legs. These inferior cuts would be bundled together and stored in barrels, which were then sold at discounted prices. These barrels came to be known as “butts.”

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So, when someone mentioned “chicken butt,” they were actually talking about a barrel filled with these cheaper cuts. While we can’t confirm if the price was indeed five cents, it was certainly a significant amount at the time.

Interestingly, there are instances of this phrase popping up in different contexts. For example, the opera “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin mentions the word “butt” in its lyrics, though it’s unrelated to the rhyme. Additionally, the book “Black Language,” published in 1973, references people using the phrase “chicken butt” as a way of saying “nevermind” when they didn’t catch what someone said the first time.


And there you have it! The backstory and fun behind “Guess What? Chicken Butt!” We hope this journey into the history of this beloved rhyme brought a smile to your face and reminded you of the joy of embracing your inner child.

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