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Folk-Songs and Games with Descriptive Introduction, Notes, Sheeet music & Lyrics

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64                         The Play-Party in Indiana.
:Say young woman, will you 'list and go?: two times The broad-brimmed hat you must put on, And follow on to the fife and drum.
The editor's note gives a very different interpretation of the game and its origin. "By this interesting communication, it would seem that the game is from England and represented recruiting in war times. If so it has many parallels in ballads."
London Bridge.
a.
London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady.
What has this poor prisoner done, prisoner done, prisoner done? What has this poor prisoner done, my fair lady?
Stole my watch and lost my key, etc. Off to prison you must go, etc.
b. This is especially a school game. Two children stand in the seats to the desks or upon the desks themselves and join hands to form an arch over the aisle. The other children pass under in single line. At the last stanza the hands of the arch-bridge fall and take someone as prisoner. He is allowed to choose which prison. The ones who form the bridge have agreed upon the symbols by which each of them will be known. One has per­haps chosen a watch, the other a chain, one an orange, the other an apple, and frequently, one red, the other blue. The prisoner chooses between the two and then stands behind the person whose symbol he has chosen. The game continues till all are lined up on one side or the other. Then comes a tug of war between the two sides, the followers of the red and the followers of the blue. This is played in a great many ways, with a large variety of
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