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JUMP ROPE RHYME

EENY, MEENY, MINEY, MO,
CATCH (A NIGGA) BY THE TOE.
(OLD HITLER)
(A RABBIT)
IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM PAY
FIFTEEN DOLLARS EVERY DAY.
OR
IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO. (OR, DON'T LET GO)
EENY, MEENY, MINEY, MO.
OPTIONAL: O U T SPELLS OUT GOES YOU.
YOU OLD DIRTY DISH-RAG YOU. (DEBBIE CHILDRESS, TENN.)

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS USED TO COUNT OFF TO SEE WHICH ONES WOULD TURN THE
ROPE; AND WAS A COUNTING OUT RHYME FOR OTHER GAMES.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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