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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 7
Games Children Play - Paddy Graber ( continued)

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo
Sit the baby on the po-

When it's done, wipe its bum,
Send it off' to Kingdom Come
.

And another from Williams Lake, B.C.:

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo
Working for the rodeo,
If you win, make them pay,
Fifty dollars every day.

Which is close to a Kentucky variant:

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo
Catch a nigger by the toe,
If he hollars, make him pay
Fifty dollars everg day.

Another very popular song series is that of  "One, two three Olary", used for ball games. From southern England comes

One, two, three Olary
Four, five, six Olary,
Seven, eight, nine Olary,
Ten Olary boys.

This Wigan, Lancashire, variant was brought to Canada in 1878:

One, two, three Olair         
Beance tha baw                 
Inth th' air                 
Toutch th' greand            
Iv tha dar                     
An clap tha 'ands behind tha.                    

One, two, three 0lair
Bounce your ball
Into the air
Touch the ground
If you dare
And clap your hands behind you.

And finally, an Irish variant:

One, two, three O'Leary
Hy da's got a fat canary (da = dad)
It can talk and it can sing
It can do most anything.

 

Copyright Paddy Graber  1976
 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
All Rights Reserved
10.02.01edition
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