One O'Clock the Gun Went Off
One o'clock! the gun went off,
I cannot stay no longer,
If I do, my ma will say
I play with the boys up yonder;
My stockings red, my garters blue,
My boots all bound with silver,
A red, red rose upon my breast
And a gold ring on my finger.
Heigh ho! for Lizzie, O;
My bonnie Lizzie, O;
If I had but one to choose,
I'd choose my bonnie Lizzie, O.
Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 149, with music; from
Gorgie school, Edinburgh. A line song, i.e. the players
stand with their backs to a wall, a leader in front of
them; at the fourth line she chooses another, and they
swing round and round; at the close of the song the
girls change places, and the game is resumed. "The first
part of the air is adapted from `Will you Come to the
Bower?'; the second from `How many miles to Babylon?'"
A rather similar version in Ritchie Singing Street
(1964), 14, Edinburgh, a pre-1914 skipping song.
Cf. "My Delight's in Tansies".