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Roond aboot the parritch pot,
Fechtin for the theevil,
That's the way the money goes,
Pop goes the Weasel!

My wee boy's a bonny wee boy,
Your wee boy's a deevil;
That's the way the money goes,
Pop goes the Weasel!

Up and doon Jamaica Street,
Riding on an Eagle;
That's the [way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.]

The hireies roond the porridge pot,
Lickin' at the theavil;
That's the wey the meal's sae dear,
Pop goes the weasel!

(1) Nicht at Eenie (1932), 34; Montgomerie SNR (1946),
94 (no. 116), with music. Cf. Ritchie Singing Street
(1964), 104, "My wee wife's a bonny wee wife" etc. St.
2 reversed in Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 123: "Your
wee man's a bonnie wee man,/ My wee man's a deevil" etc.
(from Crawford).
(2) Rymour Club, ibid.; used for "deedling" when
dancing. Identical version as a skipping rhyme from
Glasgow, in MacColl, Streets of Song no. 26: "High
stepping or trotting during first line of song, changing
to both feet together on second and fourth lines."
(3) Rymour Club, 176 (2 lines), "On Dear Meal"; "Common
in Forfar loom-shops long ago". Rodger Lang Strang
(1948), 6, has "Roond aboot the porridge pot".
Ritchie Golden City (1965), 19, has 2 versions, one close to
the English [Half a pound o' tuppeny rice] and another more
individual [Every night when I go home/ Monkey's on the
table] sung for a (sort of) dance, where the girl who is out
goes between a pair holding hands, takes the hands of the
girl she faces, and they sing and dance to the rhyme; the
other girl now goes and intervenes in another couple.

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