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All stand still and go through the movements of planting a tree:-
"We planted an apple tree over his head,
Over his head,
Over his head; We planted an apple tree over his head On a cold and frosty morning!"
All make downward movements with their hands:-
"The apples got ripe and they all fell down,
All fell down,
All fell down, The apples got ripe and they all fell down, On a cold and frosty morning!"
Old woman in the centre comes forward and goes round inside the ring, picking up apples and putting them in her apron. The rest sing:-
"There came an old woman a-picking them up, Picking them up, Picking them up; There came an old woman a-picking them up On a cold and frosty morning!"
Old Roger gets up suddenly and thumps the old woman before him round the ring. The rest sing:-
"Old Roger gets up and he gives her a thump,
Gives her a thump,
Gives her a thump, Old Roger got up and he gave her a thump On a cold and frosty morning!"
(Old woman goes round ring limping and hobbling)
The rest sing:-
"Which made the old woman go hippity hop,
Hippity hop,
Hippity hop, Which made the old woman go hippity hop On a cold and frosty morning!"
The ring breaks up, and two more enter the middle, and so on to the end, till all have been inside ring.
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