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The Play-Party in Indiana.
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c.-d. Mari Ruef Hofer. Children's Singing Games, p. 17. Mrs. Gomme. Trad. Games. II, pp. 228-232; 289-90. W. W. Newell. Games and Songs, pp. 89ff.
Goldy Hamilton. Play-party in Missouri. Jour. Am. Folk­lore, vol. XXVII, p. 298.
Edwin F. Piper. Some Play-party Games of the Middle West. Jour. Am. Folk-lore. vol. XXVIII, p. 263.
Mr. Newell (Games and Songs, p. 81) tells of this interesting incident. "When a French savant asked the peasants of La Chatre why they performed this dance, the answer was, 'To make the hemp grow.' " This would suggest that in the game we have a relic of some ancient rite of worship.
The English words are very different from those of the Ameri­can game.
No Sir.
a.
1. "Tell me one thing, tell me truly, Tell me why you scorn me so. Tell me why when asked a question, You will always answer, 'No!' "
Refrain—
"No Sir, No Sir, No Sir, No, "No Sir, No Sir, No Sir, No.
2. "My father was a Spanish merchant, And before he went to sea, He told me to be sure and answer, 'No' To all you said to me."
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