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This game is played in a circle of people,
each time substituting a new name into the phrase.
The named person must respond immediately--if not,
they must leave the circle.
(all) "Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?"
(leader) "Jennifer stole the cookie from the cookie jar"
(Jennifer) "Who me?"
(leader) "Yes you."
(Jennifer) "Couldn't be"
(leader) "Then who?"
(Jennifer picks a name) "David stole the cookie from the
cookie jar."
David must respond and he and Jennifer go back and forth.
The last person remaining is the winner.

Where learned: Girl Scout Camp ; New York State

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

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Mandy was a Bahama girl (2x's)
(Mandy oh Mandy, Mandy Mine. REFRAIN)

Dark Brown hair and eyes of blue,
love nobody else but you. REFRAIN

Met her on a Saturday night
Was the happiest night of my life. REFRAIN

Married her on Bahama sands
Put a wedding ring on her hand. REFRAIN

Mandy had a little baby
Had a baby just for me. REFRAIN

Baby made my Mandy cry
Cry so hard she was sure to die. REFRAIN

Buried her on Bahama sands
With her wedding ring on her hand. REFRAIN

Mandy was a wife to me
Now she's just a memory. REFRAIN

There's a teardrop in my eye
There to remain until I die. REFRAIN


Submitter comment:

Along with this song goes the belief that it should only be sung in darkness or at night or it will start to rain.

This song was learned at a Girl Scout Camp at age of fourteen.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are same person.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Girl Scout Camp

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

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