Shout Hey Rube, rally the troops,
Shout Hey Rube; put on your boots.
Hit them now,
They shout OW!.
Shout Hey Rube to end all
What's this limerick all about? Well now, the term Hey Rube originated in the 19th century when circuses were rowdy affairs and "Hey Rube" was the rallying cry to call all circus people to help in a fight with townspeople. It's not clear whether Rube in this term was someone specific or simply a use of the informal term rube (shortened form of Reuben) for an unsophisticated person from a rural area. Earliest documented use: 1882. Visit: http://www.spaciousplanet.com/world/guide/hey-rube-the-circus-battle-cry