The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

With Tunes(sheet music), Singing-rhymes(lyrics), Methods Of Playing with diagrams and illustrations.

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SALT EEL
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Tip for gold and tip for silver,
Tip for the bonnie laddie I do adore;
My delight's for a sailor laddie,
And shall be for evermore.
Sit you down, my lovely Elsie,
Take your baby on your knee;
Drink your health for a jolly sailor,
He will come back and marry you.
He will give you beads and ear-rings,
He will give you diamonds free ;
Sailors they are bonnie laddies,
Oh, but they are neat and clean!
They can kiss a bonnie lassie
In the dark, and A, B, C ;
When the sailors come home at evening
They take off their tarry clothes,
They put on their light bluejackets,
That is the way the sailors go.
—Rev. W. Gregor.
A circle is formed, and the children dance round singing. Before beginning they agree which of the players is to be named in the fifth line of the Rosehearty version.
Jamieson's Dictionary (sub voce), "Schamon's Dance," says, " Some particular kind of dance anciently used in Scotland."
Blaw up the bagpyp than, The schamon's dance I mon begin, I trow it sail not pane. —" Peblis to the Play," Chronicles of Scottish Poetry, i. 135.
Pinkerton defines salmon as "probably show-man, sliaw-
man."
See " Shame Reel, or Shamit Dance."
Salt Eel
This is something like " Hide and Find." The name of Salt Eel may have been given it from one of the points of the game, which is to baste the runaway individual, whom you may overtake, all the way home with your handkerchief, twisted hard for that purpose. Salt Eel implies on board ship







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