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Round Apples

Round Apples

Round apples, round apples, by night and by day,
There stands a valley in yonder haze;
There stands poor Lizzie with a knife in her hand,
There's no one dare touch her, or she'll go mad;
Her cheeks were like roses, and now they're like snow,
Poor Lizzie! poor Lizzie! you're dying, I know,
We'll wash you with milk, and we'll dry [or roll] you
   with silk,
And we'll write down your name with a gold pen and ink.

Round apples, round apples, by night and by day,
The stars are a valley down yonder by day;
The stars--poor Annie with a knife in her hand,
You dare not touch her, or else she'll go mad.

Her cheeks were like roses, but now they're like snow,
O Annie, O Annie, you're dying I know.
I'll wash her with milk, and I'll dry her with silk,
I'll write down her name with a gold pen and ink.

Pine Apple, Pine Apple,
By night and by day,
I try to steal poor Lizzie away;
But here comes her father,
With a knife in his hand,
Stand back! stand back!
Or else you'll be stabbed.

(1) Gomme II (1898), 426, from New Galloway.
(2) Maclagan GDA (1901), 85.  One stands in the centre
of a ring with a "knife" (chip of wood, e.g.) in her
hand.  The others move round her, singing the first 4
lines.  The mother steps to the centre and pretends to
weep as she sings the next part.  They take their places
in the ring, a new girl goes in, and the game begins
(3) Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 150 (4 lines), with
music, from Gorgie School, Edinburgh.  "The air is
reminiscent of `Bonnie Dundee', `O Saviour Bless Us,'
etc." [The latter hymn is often sung to Stella, an
adaptation of the Bonny Dundee tune, i.e. that used for
the bairnsang "Queen Mary, Queen Mary", q.v.] Cf. Opies
Singing Game (1985), 243 (no. 55), with tune from Kerr's
Guild of Play, 1912 (23).  See also "Green Gravel",
ibid., 239 (no. 54); and in Gomme I.170-83, with which
Nicholson (Golspie, 1897, 135 ff.) connects "Queen
Mary", q.v.

In Fraser (1975), 108 is a version which concludes with
the second stanza of "Queen Mary"; beginning "Red apples, red
apples, by night and by day/ I love sweet Betty and Betty
loves me."  This is sung by a girl in front of a line; Betty
joins her, they clasp hands and dance around while the others
sing "I wash her in milk and I dry her with silk/ I write
down her name with a gold pen and ink" [then the "Queen Mary"
lines]; Betty replaces the original girl, and the game

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