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Ellery Bellery ripty rah

Louise Blyton 08 Jan 09 - 11:15 PM
GUEST,jimbo 29 Jun 13 - 10:42 PM
GUEST 08 Sep 14 - 06:39 AM
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Subject: Ellery Bellery ripty rah
From: Louise Blyton
Date: 08 Jan 09 - 11:15 PM

Hi all,

This nonsense rhyme might come from a (kids') story rather than a song--or not. If someone knows the name of the composition or any more details at all, I'd appreciate it:

Ellery bellery ripty rah,
ripty ropty rollah.

I know it from a story my Dad used to tell me in the 1950s, but sometimes he told songs as stories. All other details have been lost in the mists of time.


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Subject: RE: Ellery Bellery ripty rah
From: GUEST,jimbo
Date: 29 Jun 13 - 10:42 PM

My father used to use this as a choosing rhyme, We would all stand with 2 fists out and he would go around tapping one fist at a time. When he got to Rollo, that fist would go down. Then he would start again, continuing from the next fist. When you had 2 fists down you were out. Last man standing won the prize.

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Subject: RE: Ellery Bellery ripty rah
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 06:39 AM

My mother (now 91) has recited these words to me over the years but I'm not sure of the spelling -

Ellery Bellery ripty rah
Ripty ropty rollah
If you'da been where I'da been
You wouldn't have lost your dollar.

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