I saw a vernacular poem that appears to have been passed down and passed around in various parts of the UK. A couple of different versions:

Yum yum
Pig's bum
Wrap it up
In chewing gum

Have a slice
Very nice!

Yum yum
Pig's bum

My first question is why wrap it up in chewing gum?

This version is purportedly Irish:

Yum, yum, pig's bum,
Cabbage and potatoes.

Another one:

Yum yum bubble gum
stick it up the teachers bum
if it sticks
pull her tits
and turn it into weetabix.

Where did this verse originate?

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    Why wrap it up in chewing gum? The answer might be as simple as "because it rhymes", without bothering about whether it makes sense or not. – Rand al'Thor Oct 3 '20 at 17:44
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    Also referred on Yahoo Answers, someone's blog, and BBC Strictly Come Dancing. The usual source for this would be the Opies' Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, but sadly I don't own a copy to check. – Rand al'Thor Oct 3 '20 at 17:49
  • Yum yum bubble gum, stick it up your mother's bum. If it sticks, pull down her knick-knicks. Recited to me by my children in Bristol c. 1985. – Michael Harvey Oct 5 '20 at 21:07
  • Captain Cook did a "pook" behind the cabin door. The cat came up, and licked it up, and said "Can I have some more?" Told to me c. 1957 by another kid (London). – Michael Harvey Oct 5 '20 at 21:08

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