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The Play-Party in Indiana.                            29
England ballad of this name, during the early seventies. It seems probable that this game had its origin in a Civil War rhyme.
Mr. Edwin F. Piper (Some Play-Party Games of the Middle West. Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXVIII, p. 285) gives another variant.
An interesting variant is this ballad which Miss Bessie E. Harvey learned in Pennsylvania.
When I was young Mamma she cried, Mamma she cried, Mamma she cried, When I was young Mamma she cried, "You're not brought up for the army."
But I'm Captain Jinks of the horse marines, I feed my horse on corn and beans, 1 know it is beyond my means, But I'm Captain Jinks of the army.
The melody is the same as that given above. A longer ballad version is given in the Ideal Home Music Library, vol. X, p. 127, and still another in Heart Songs, p. 54.
Chase the Buffalo.
a.
Come to me, my dearest dear, And present to me your hand, And we'll march around together, :To the far and better land: 3 times And we'll march around together, To the far and better land. And we'll chase the buffalo, And we'll chase the buffalo, And we'll march around together, To the far and better land.
Mr. R, H. Stone, Jay Co., Ind.
Of this variant my informant, Miss Alice Delay (Brown Tp.) says, "I think this is about the same as 'Chase the Buffalo.' "
Rise ye up, my dearest dear, And present to me your hand, For I meet you, and I greet you, In a far and better land, Where the hawk caught the buzzard, And the buzzard stubbed his toe, We will rally through the corn, Break and shoot the buffalo,
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