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The Play-Party in Indiana.                           93
At 2, the bottom couple meet between the lines and take this position. The girl places her right hand on her left shoulder. Her partner, behind her, catches her right hand with his left, and with his right holds her left hand loosely at their right side. They cast off to the right and walk up to position at the top of their respective lines.
Repeat from the beginning with this new couple at the top and the different couple at the bottom of the lines.
There Was An Old Woman in Ireland.
There was an old woman in Ireland, In Ireland she did dwell. She loved her old man dearly, But another twice as well.
Refrainó
Oh my dearest dear, what ails me? Thinks says I what ails me? And what's the matter now?
The old woman being good natured,
For fear that he could swim,
She took a great long pole
And she pushed him headlong in.
Only the refrain of this ballad belongs to the play-party. Professor A. H. Tolman in the Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXIX, pp. 179-180, prints an interesting ballad without refrain entitled,
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