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Thread #98541   Message #1957014
Posted By: Uke
03-Feb-07 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: Soldier Bible Card Deck Song
Subject: RE: Soldier Bible Card Deck Song
Er, just to return to the Deck of Cards songs.

Picking up on Q's posting, I still wonder where the idea of using the various denominations, suits, combinations etc. to symbolise Christian belief, soldier's complaints, rugby etc. - first originates and if it is indeed 'traditional'.

Perhaps it comes from an old fortune-telling routine? (like the Tarot)

Or is it an old song formula, like using the alphabet (as in 'The Sailor's Alphabet')? perhaps it is more often used as a recitation than a song?