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Thread #64056 Message #1044956
Posted By: GUEST,Topcat
30-Oct-03 - 08:52 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Hippy Chippy Charlie (maypole song)
Subject: Origins: Maypole songs
When I were old enough to toddle on me own down clough, I recall a simple lyric which we children would sing during a maypole parade through the mill town cobbled streets(yes it was the early 1950'S).
We would dress up in our parents clothes complete with moustache and garish lipstick and sing
"Hippy chippy Charlie merrily we go
All the happy family dancing in a row
I believe don't you see
Just come from the meadow green
And if you wait a little while
I will dance you the maypole style"
The song would repeat gaining tempo untill we were exhausted. If any folklore expert has any suggestions I would love to put the thing to rest.