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GUEST,Fren 06 Sep 15 - 04:20 AM
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Subject: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: GUEST,Fren
Date: 06 Sep 15 - 04:20 AM

When i was little my grandmother used to say this nursery rhyme to me
I have tried looking it up but the only reference I can find is to the Beatles 'You never give me your money', which came many years later
All good children go to Heaven
When thry die, put them in pie

I was saying it to my grandson without really thinking about it when my daughter pointed out how gruesome it was. Does anyone know where the rhyme came from?

Grandma had another rhyme which is a favourite with my grandchildren
Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece as black as ink
It ran three times around the yard, and weeweed in the sink

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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
Date: 06 Sep 15 - 06:28 AM

Common enough in my childhood (1950s to 1960s, mid-/northern-UK)

We used it as an elimination game for deciding who would be 'it' in such games as Tig (or Tag, if you are so inclined). One beat per word and/or syllable, move on to next person each beat.
The sneaky art (if you were the person 'doing' it) was knowing whether seven and heaven were one beat or two to give your desired outcome. Children was always two though.

I preferred spuds 'One potato, two potato, three potato, four. Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.' with one beat per word, and the last spud eliminated on 'more'. Each child proffered two spuds (fists side by side) and the last still holding out a fist was the chosen one.

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