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BLUE BELLS, COCKER SHELLS, EEVY, IVY, OVER
THE CHILDREN HOLDING THE
ENDS OF THE ROPE, SWAY THE ROPE BACK AND FORTH. THE PERSON WHO IS TO
JUMP, STANDS ALONG SIDE OF THE ROPE AND THEN
THOSE HOLDING THE ENDS OF
THE ROPE BEGIN TO SWAY IT BACK AND FORTH WHILE CHANTING THE VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

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BLUE BELLS,/ COCKLE SHELLS,/ EEVY IVY OVER. ( TWO PEOPLE SWING THE
ROPE BACK AND FORTH WHILE SOMEONE IS JUMPING OVER IT. THEN ON "OVER"
THE END PEOPLE START TURNING THE ROPE AND THE PERSON IN THE MIDDLE
JUMPS TIL HE MISSES.)

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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BLUE BELLS, COCKLE SHELLS,/ EEVY, IVY, OVERHEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 02-25-1968

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BLUE BELLS COCKLE SHELLS/ EEVY, IVY OVERS. GINNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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BLUE BELLS, COCKLE SHELLS,/ EEVY IVY OVER. / HERE COMES TEACHER WITH
A BIG BLACK STICK/ BETTER KNOW MY ARITHMETIC.

Where learned: THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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BLUEBELLS, COCKLE SHELLS/ EEVY IVY OVER/ I WENT DOWNTOWN TO SEE MR.
BROWN./ HE GAVE ME A NICKLE, I BOUGHT A FLOWER.
THE FLOWER WAS YELLOW.
I GAVE IT TO MY FELLOW./ MY FELLOW WAS SICK, I GAVE HIM A KICK/ AND
THAT'S THE END OF THE DIRTY OLD TRICK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THE PARMA, OHIO

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FOLEY HALL

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-29-1967

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BLUE BELLS COCKER SHELLS/ EEVY IVY OVER/ I WENT DOWN TOWN TO SEE MISS
BROWN/ SHE GAVE ME A NICKLE TO BUY A PICKLE.
THE PICKLE WAS SOUR/ SHE GAVE ME A FLOWER/ THE FLOWER WAS DEAD/ SHE
GAVE ME SOME THREAD/ THE THREAD WAS THIN/ SHE GAVE ME A PIN/ THE PIN
WAS SHARP/ SHE GAVE ME A HARP/ THE HARP BEGAN TO SING: A MINNIE AND A
MINNIE AND A HA HA HA.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ALPENA ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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BLUE BELLS, COCKLE SHELLS/ EEVY, IVY, OVER/ JANUARY, FEBRUARY, ETC.
(UNTILL THE MONTH IN WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN) ONE, TWO, THREE ETC.
(UNTIL THE MONTH IN WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN) ONE, TWO, THREE ETC.
( TO THE DAY ON WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY ; COLLECTED AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-21-1967

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BUCKINGHAM

"BUCK THE KING/AND EAT THE HAM
THAT'S THE WAY YOU SPELL BUCKINGHAM."

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-04-1965

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CHARLIE CHAPMAN WENT TO FRANCE/ JUST TO SEE THE WIGWAM DANCE/ FIRST
ON HEELS, THEN ON TOES, THEN ON HANDS AND AWAY WE GO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; AGE 11

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN SAT ON A FENCE
TRYING TO MAKE A DOLLAR OUT OF FIFTEEN
CENTS.

Where learned: NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Jump Rope Song

Ice cream soda with a cherry on top,
Tell me the initials of my sweetheart.

(Player jumps out on initials of her sweetheart.)


 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLAIN JUMP

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

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Jump Rope Rhyme

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE
IN FOURTEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-TWO.
THE WAVES WENT HIGHER AND HIGHER
AND OVER THE OCEAN BLUE.

(CHANTED BY THE CHILDREN AS THE ROPE IS SWUNG FROM SIDE TO SIDE. PARTIAL UNDERLINING INDICATES AT WHAT POINTS THE ROPE IS SWUNG.)

(ON THE WORDS "HIGHER" AND HIGHER" THE ROPE IS SWUNG HIGHER FROM SIDE TO SIDE.
ON THE WORDS "OVER" AND "BLUE" THE ROPE IS SWUNG AROUND IN THE CONVENTIONAL MANNER.)

THIS CHILD JUMPS OUT OF THE ROPE AND IT IS REPEATED FOR THE NEXT CHILD.

 

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN GRADE SCHOOL IN NORTHWEST DETROIT.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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Jump Rope Rime

CHRIS COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE IN 14 HUNDRED AND 92. THE WAVES WENT HIGHER AND HIGHER AND OVER THEY WENT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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Cincinnati--A Jump Rope Verse

CIN, CIN, CIN
A NICKEL AND A PIN.
A DUTCHY AND A FATTY--
THAT'S THE WAY YOU SPELL -- CINCINNATI.

 

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-04-1965

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Rope-Jumping Rhyme

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN GREEN
WENT UPSTAIRS TO EAT ICE-CREAM.
CINDERELLA DRESSED IN LACE.
WENT UPSTAIRS TO POWDER HER FACE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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Jump Counting

1-2-3-4-5
I caught a hare alive.
6-7-8-9-10
I let him go again.


 

Submitter comment:

Informant said that it was an old jumping rhyme that she used to jump to.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; University of Detroit Chorus office

Keyword(s): PLAIN JUMP

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

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Jump-Rope Rhyme

I scream
You scream
We all scream
For ice cream.

Submitter comment:

From childhood.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLAIN JUMP

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

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Jump Rhyme

Joe, Joe broke his toe,
Riding on a buffalo,
When he came back,
He broke his back,
Sliding on a railroad track.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; 13027 Klinger

Keyword(s): PLAIN JUMP

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

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DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI WHERE THE STEAM GOES "PUSH'EM"

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FOLEY HALL

Keyword(s): ACTION-JUMP ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-29-1967

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