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Thread #31226   Message #835631
Posted By: harpgirl
26-Nov-02 - 08:51 PM
Thread Name: Children's singing games
Subject: RE: Help: Children's singing games
Marching Round the Levee

We're marching round the levee,
We're marching round the levee,
We're marching round the levee,
We're marching round the levee,
For we have gained the day.

Go forth and choose your lover, etc.

Go out and in the window,
Go out and in the window,
Go out and in the window,
For we have gained the day.

Goodbye I hate to leave you, etc.
I'll measure my love to show you, Etc.
I'll take a kiss and leave you, etc.


The players join hands and form a circle, one person standing in the center while the first stanza is being sung. As they sing the second stanza, the centers chooses a partner from the ring. The third stanza indicates the accompanyin action, the lover going out and in the windows formed by the arches of the player's upraised arms. In Mississippi there are several variations from the above verses. pp. 287-288 Folksongs of Mississippi AP Hudson.