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324 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
Only fragments of this old English nonsense rhyme have been found. For other texts and fragments, see Odum and Johnson, Negro Workaday Songs, p. 187; Scarborough, pp. 156 (air and fragments) and 285 (a version from Christy and Wood's New Song Book, an old minstrel song­ster) ; and White, American Negro Folk Songs, p. 175. Cf. also Kittredge's note in Journal, XXXV, 396.
Communicated by Mr. A. T. McAllister, of Stendal, Indiana. Pike County. July 11, 1935.
1.   Away down yonder on Beaver Creek,
Sing-song, Kitty, won't you ki-meo ? The fish there grow full sixteen feet, Sing-song, Kitty, won't you ki-meo?
Keemo-kimo, dear old wife,
Hey diddle, hoe diddle, mummy diddle;
Set back pennywinkle, Sally with your bootees on,
Sing-song, Kitty, won't you ki-meo?
2.   For to go to bed there is no use,
Sing-song, Kitty, won't you ki-meo?
Your feet stick out for a chicken roost,
Sing-song, Kitty, won't you ki-meo?
Sent in by Mrs. Phoebe Elliott, of New Harmony, Indiana. Posey County. October 15, 1935.
1. There was a frog lived in a spring, Sing-song, Kitty, can't you M-me-o? He had such a cold that he couldn't sing, Sing-song, Kitty, can't you ki-me-o?

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