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Thread #34525   Message #1906848
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
11-Dec-06 - 06:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
Michael, your last verse of Bradley Kincaid's version (of several songs/games combined)was sung a bit differently at home:

O I asked that girl to marry me,
Y'reckon what she said?
She said she would not marry me
If everbody else 'uz dead.

I think that everybody who sings these songs "improves" on them, to make them funnier maybe, or to make them his/her own. But we separated them this way: "Old King Cole," was definitely a singing-game- it was called "a gettin-up song" because the boys were too bashful to ask girls to dance without help. SO, one brave couple promenaded round the room singing and when they reached the last verse, "we'll open up the ring and choose a couple in," another boy (or girl) had got up the nerve to get a partner, and they joined in the promenading and singing, until there were enough couples to play a regular game like, "Goin to Boston," or, "Over the River, Charlie."

"Shady Grove," on the other had, we sang as a sort of love song, not raucously, but with a more quiet gaiety, savoring the lovely tune.
And not to let go of it too soon, we sang every floating verse we knew to make it last longer!