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Thread #58232   Message #924211
Posted By: mouldy
02-Apr-03 - 01:36 AM
Thread Name: rhymes for counting Magpies
Subject: RE: Magpies
We also had a skipping rhyme in N. Derbyshire, the verse of which I can't remember, but it involved the skipper's fortune with "lady, baby, gipsy, queen, rich man, poor man, beggarman, thief" skipped "pepper" speed until it snagged on the appropriate word. I have a vague recollection of a chorus beginning with "king", and maybe another with "castle"... but it could be my memory acting up. I seem to remember a series of short verses to do with who the skipper would marry, where they would live and what their fortune would be. It was 40 years ago, and it was only played by a few of us at a time with our rope tied to a lamppost when two or more could be found to play out!

Andrea