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96
The Play-Party in Indiana.
whose theme was, "Waiting for a partner"72 is significantly replaced by the dialogue of courtship which gives opportunity for a coquettish dance. Thus, though the first four lines of this game have originated in England, the melody and dance, and the greater part of the words are distinctly American.
Tideo.
Mrs. Leslie Beall.
1.    Pass one window, Tideo, Pass two windows, Tideo, Pass three windows, Tideo, Jingle at the windows, Tideo.
2.    Tideo, Tideo, Jingle at the windows, Tideo.
3.    I asked that girl to be my wife, She said, "No, not on your life."
I asked her mother and she said, "No." Jingle at the windows, Tideo.
4.    Tideo, Tideo, Jingle at the windows, Tideo.
b. At 1, all form a single circle, with each boy in front of his partner. Each player has his left hand on the right shoulder of the person in front of him. Circle left. At 2, each boy makes a half tur.n to the right and swings his partner.
At 3, each girl steps in front of her partner and all form a single circle again in position as 1.
At 4, each boy turns and swings the girl behind him in the
circle.
72 In Traditional Games, vol. ii, p. 13, Mrs. Gomme says, "It is abundantly clear from the more perfect game-rhymes that the waiting for a partner is an episode in the harvest custom, as if, when the outdoor business of the season was finished the domestic element becomes the next important transaction in the year's proceedings." In vol. ii, p. 510, she continues, "A ceremonial of this kind would probably take place each spring, and the stamping on the ground would be, as in 'Oats and Beans and Barley,' a part of the ceremony to arouse the earth spirit to the necessity of his care for the trees under his charge."
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