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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2o8                   SNAPPING TONGS—SOLDIER
direction, followed by the remainder, retracing their steps.— Courtney's Cornish Feasts and Folk-lore, p. 39. A Scottish game, " Row Chow Tobacco," described by Jamieson, is played in the same way, the boy at the extremity being called the " Pin." A clamorous noise succeeds the " winding up," the players crying out " Row Chow Tobacco " while giving and receiving the fraternal hug. The words are pronounced Rowity-chowity-bacco. The naming of this game in connec­tion with tobacco is curious. It is undoubtedly the same as " Snail Creep." I am inclined to think that all these games are connected with an ancient form of Tree-worship, and that the analogy of tobacco-rolling is quite modern.
See "Bulliheisle," "Eller Tree," "Tuilyie-waps," "Wind up the Bush Faggot."
Snapping Tongs
See " Musical Chairs."
Snatch Apple
A game similar to " Bob Cherry," but played with an apple. —Halliwell's Dictionary.
Snatch Hood
An undescribed boy's game mentioned in a statute of Edward III.'s time.—Halliwell's Dictionary.
Soldier
I am an old soldier, I come from the war,
Come from the war; I am an old soldier, I come from the war, And my age it is sixty-and-three.
I have but one son and he lies alone, lies alone,
I have but one son and he lies alone ; And he's still making moan for lying alone.
Son, go choose a wife of your own, Choose a good one or else choose none, Or bring none home to me.
Now they're got married, they're bound to obey, Bound to obey in every degree; And as you go round kiss all but me.
—Belfast, Ireland (W. H. Patterson).







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