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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE FOR LITTLE MARY, CALL IN ALICE TO THE DOOR.
LOOKS LIKE MARY IS HAVING ALL THE FUN, SO WE DON'T NEED MARY
ANYMORE. KICK HER OUT THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: MARY IS AN EXAMPLE NAME FOR A PERSON ORIGINALLY JUMPING ROPE.
ALICE IS AN EXAMPLE NAME FOR THE PERSON CALLED IN TO JUMP.
I PLAYED JUMP-ROPE TO THIS RHYME, TOO.
THIS WAS LEARNED IN DETROIT IN AN AREA CLOSE TO HAMTRAMCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Sterling Heights ; NEAR HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

CHINNY, CHINNY CHINAMAN SITTING ON A FENCE TRYING TO MAKE A
DOLLAR OUT OF EIGHTY-FIVE CENTS. KATHY.
THE JUMPROPE IS MADE OF CONNECTED RUBBERBANDS.
STANDING AT OPPOSITE ENDS WITH THIS, IN EFFECT, LARGE RUBBERBAND
MADE OF CONNECTED RUBBERBANDS AROUND THEIR ANKLES, THE TWO
PEOPLE STRETCH THE LARGE CIRCULAR RUBBERBAND UNTIL IT APPEARS TO
BE TWO PARALLEL LINES. IT IS PLAYED BY PUTTING ONE FOOT
UNDERNEATH THE FIRST BAND AND CROSSING IT OVER THE OTHER ONE.

Submitter comment: KATHY IS AN EXAMPLE NAME FOR THE PERSON CALLED IN TO JUMP.
I PLAYED THIS GAME, TOO.
THIS WAS LEARNED IN DETROIT IN AN AREA CLOSE TO HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Sterling Heights ; NEAR HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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