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Hit's over the river to feed my sheep And see my lonesome darling.
You stole my partner, to my dislike, You stole my partner, to my dislike, You stole my partner, to my dislike, And also my dear darling.
Til have her back before daylight, etc.
The following is a game of marriage, with a ceremony of joining hands:
All around this world so straight Go choose the one to be your mate.
The ceremony completed, they dance in a ring around the happy pair:
Kiss the bride and kiss her sweet; Now you rise upon your feet.
Another gives a picture of a burlesque paradise:
Where coffee grows on white-oak trees,
The river runs with brandy; The boys are made with lumps of gold,
And the girls are sweet as candy.
"Weevily Wheat" is very old and very popular. It is more like a dance than a game:
0 law, mother, my toes are sore,
Tra la la la la la la; Dancing on your sandy floor,
Tra la la la la la la. Your weevily wheat isn't fit to eat,
And neither is your barley;
1 won't have none of your weevily wheat
To make a cake for Charley.
Charley he is a handsome lad, Charley is a dandy;