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Thread #58232 Message #921667
Posted By: Schantieman
30-Mar-03 - 07:50 AM
Thread Name: rhymes for counting Magpies
Subject: RE: BS: Magpies
Sorry - hit the submit button by accident.
I was going to go on and ask about the song that (I think) Johnny Collins used to sing about magpies. The chorus runs through the rhyme as far as seven, and ends with "Devil, Devil, I defy thee!" three times, follwed by a spit. Apparently this is what you're s'posed to do if you see one on its own, to ward of the bad luck.
Does anyone know the verses?
(and btw, the 'darling little heads' bit was supposed to be ironically anthropomorphic!)