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The Play-Party in Indiana.                          61
Jersey Boy.
a.               Jersey Boy, tis you I call,
Invitation free to all, The road is wide, the pathway clear, Jersey Boy, come volunteer.
Apple cider, ginger beer, Christmas comes but once a year. The road is wide, the pathway clear, Jersey Boy, come volunteer.
c. The name of this game "Jersey Boy" is familiar to several persons of Ripley County as the title of an old play-party song, but these stanzas were contributed by Mr. R. W. Stone, who played the game in Jay County, Ind.
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.
Kilamakrankie.
a.
1.    Kilamakrankie's a very fine song,
We sing and dance it the whole day long.
2.    Down on this carpet you must kneel,
3.    And kiss your true love in the field.37
Down on this carpet you must kneel, Sure as the grass grows in the field. Salute your bride and kiss your sweet, And then you may rise upon your feet.
b.     Circle dance for any number of players above three.
During the singing of 1, all join hands and circle left around one girl who stands in the center. At 2, she chooses a boy from the ring and leads him to the center where they kneel. At once all of the players in the circle drop hands and kneel. At 3, the girl in the center kisses her chosen partner, all then stand and she resumes her former place in the circle. Repeat from the beginning, the boy in the center choosing a girl as partner. Continue re­peating until each player has been in the center at least once.
c.     My informant says she played this game eighty years ago.
37 The children sang this line like this: "And kiss your true love in the heel."
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