The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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SILLY OLD MAN
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I. Silly old man, he's all alone,
He wants a wife and can't get one; Round and round and choose a good one, Or else choose none.
This young couple are married together, Their fathers and mothers they must obey; Love one another like sister and brother, And down on their knees and kiss one another.
—Leicester (Miss Ellis).
II.     Silly old man, he walks alone, He walks alone, he walks alone; Silly old man, he walks alone,
He wants a wife and can't get one.
All go round and choose your own,
Choose your own, choose your own ;
All go round and choose your own,
And choose a good one or else choose none.
Now young couple you're married together, Married together, married together; Now young couple you're married together, Your father and mother you must obey. So love one another like sister and brother, And now young couple pray kiss together.
—Lancashire (Notes and Queries, 5th series, iv. 157).
III.   Silly old maid (or man), she walks alone, She walks alone, she walks alone; Silly old maid, she walks alone,
She wants a man (or wife) and she can't get one.







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