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32
The Play-Party in Indiana.
Cincinnati Girls, a. This is sung to the tune of "All Chaw Hay on the Corner."
Cincinnati girls are coming out tonight, Coming out tonight, coming out tonight. Cincinnati girls are coming out tonight, To dance by the light of the moon.
Dance all night, till broad daylight, Broad daylight, broad daylight, Dance all night till broad daylight, And we won't go home till morning.
Miss Ruth Flick, Holton, Ind.
c.    Stanza 1 of this is almost identical with the "Michigan Girls," which Mr. Piper (Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXVIII, p. 283) calls a Virginia Reel.
The words of this game agree closely with the chorus to a ballad, "Buffalo Gals," given in "Heart Songs," p. 366. The melodies show little resemblance.
This is probably a local game of recent origin for it seems to be known only in a very few neighborhoods. I say local, because of the fact that Cincinnati is only about fifty miles away, and is also the largest city which is known to most of the people of Ripley County.
Though the tune connects this game with "All Chaw Hay on the Corner," the words, "We won't go home till morning," 13 have perhaps been suggested by those of "All Go Down to Rowser's."
d.    "Buffalo Girls" of Miss Hamilton's collection (Jour. Am. Folk­lore, vol. XXVII, p. 313) is quite similar.
13 Tune, "We Won't Go Home Till Morning." C. J. Sharp. Country Dance Book.
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