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GUEST,Joan Origins: Ring around the Rosy / Rosey (214* d) RE: Origins: Ring Around The Rosey's History?? 15 Jul 06

I'm new to this forum and hope it's OK to jump in. Actually, I found this thread because I was looking for an interpretation of Arlo Guthrie's "Ring-Around-A-Rosy Rag," so my Google search brought up Russ' post, where he offers to explain the origins of Guthrie's lyrics to anyone who's interested. Well, I'm interested!

I would have written to Russ privately, since Guthrie's song is not the topic of this thread, but I couldn't figure out how to do that, so I'm posting away. I suspect that Guthrie's song is a drug song, what with references to going to the park and getting busted, Officer Joe Strange and blowing your mind, but what the heck is the "Ring-Around-A-Rosy Rag"? Help? Lyrics here:

And, to go back on-topic, the Urban Legend site has a page about the nursery rhyme, "Ring Around the Rosie." They reject the "black plague" interpretation:

-- Joan

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