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84
The Play-Party in Indiana.
All around the American flag, Monkey chased the weasel, That's the way the money goes, Pop goes the weasel.
Round and round the market house,                      .
Monkey chased the weasel, Preacher kissed the pedlar's wife, Pop goes the weasel.
Mrs. Frank Brinson, Johnson Tp.
Five cents for calico, Three cents for needles, That's the way the money goes, Pop goes the weasel.
Miss Fannie Stewart, Brown Tp.
Round and round the cobbler's bench, The monkey chased the weasel, The farmer kissed the cobbler's wife, And pop goes the weasel.
b.     Mrs. Gomme57 describes the game as being very simple but wherever we have known of it in the United States the dance figures are much more complex. In Louisiana it is a long-ways dance.
c.     Two versions of a country dance of this name are given in Mr. C. J. Sharp's Country Dance Book, Part 1, pp. 53-54.
Mrs. Gomme Trad. Games. Vol. ii, pp. 64-65. Two stanzas. It is rather singular that this game is not given in either of the articles on the Missouri play-party, for this is certainly an old one.
d.     Mrs. Gomme (Trad. Games, vol. ii, p. 64) gives this stanza and a very interesting note concerning this London version.
Up and down the City Road;         
In and out the Eagle; That's the way the money goes, Pop goes the weasel. (A. Nutt)
Mr. "Nutt writes, "The Eagle was (and may be still) a well-known tavern and dancing saloon."
This is probably the variant from which the American ones started. In only one line does it differ essentially from the first stanza which we give. The "Eagle" was to Americans their emblem, and this is probably the reason why it was associated with the American flag, in this song.
57 Trad. Games, vol. II, p. 64.
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