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Thread #11034   Message #3257890
Posted By: Paul Burke
16-Nov-11 - 02:01 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: One Two Three O'Lairy (Count Basie, 1940)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One-Two-Three-O'Lairy (Count Basie 1940)
This was used as a two- ball rhyme by Salford (UK) girls in the late 50s. "A-laira" the pronunciation I remember.

I wonder if it was French influenced- "a l'heure" perhaps. Quite a few French words entered Scots usage, perhaps due to the presence of French troops in the 16th century, perhaps because of many Scots becoming mercenaries over the years, perhaps via sailors.