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

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SILLY OLD MAN
Go around and choose your own, Choose your own, choose your own ; Go around and choose your own, And take whoever you like in.
Now these two are married together,
Married together, married together;
Now these two are married together,
I pray love, kiss again. —Isle of Man (A. W. Moore).
IV. Here's a silly ould man that lies all alone, That lies all alone, that lies all alone; Here's a silly ould man that lies all alone, He wants a wife and he can get none.
Now young couple you're married together, You're married together, you're married together; You must obey your father and mother, And love one another like sister and brother. I pray, young couple, you'll kiss together.
—Carleton's Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, p. 107.
V. Silly old man, he walks alone, Walks alone, walks alone ; Silly old man, he walks alone, Wants a wife and he canna get one.
All go round and choose your own, Choose your own, choose your own ; All go round and choose your own, Choose a good one or let it alone.
Now he's got married and tied to a peg, Tied to a peg, tied to a peg; Now he's got married and tied to a peg, Married a wife with a wooden leg.
— Monton, Lancashire (Miss Dendy).
VI. Silly old maid, she lives alone, She lives alone, she lives alone; [Silly old maid, she lives alone,] Wants a husband but can't get one.







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