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{name}, {name}                         (* Names a girl *)
With a curl.
Will you jump
As my best girl?                       (* Girl enters *)

Slow at first.
Now that's the way.
On we go
To break of day.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

{name1} and {name2}                    (* Names a boy and girl *)
Sitting in a tree.
K-I-S-S-I-N-G.
First comes love,
Then comes marriage,
The comes {name2}
With a baby carriage.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

A dillar, a dollar,
A ten o'clock scholar.
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten o'clock
But now you come at noon.

Source: Hastings (1990)

A hunting we will go.
A hunting we will go.
We'll catch fox.
Put him in a box.
And then we'll let him go.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

A tisket, a tasket
Hitler's in his casket                 (* German dictator, circa 1942 *)
Eenie meenie,
Mussolini                              (* Italian dictator, circa 1942 *)
Six feet underground.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

A, B, C, D, E, F, G
H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P
Q, R, S, T, you are out.            (* Jumper exits rope *)

Source: Knapp (1976)

A, R, I, T, H
M, E, T, I, C
Arithmetic, arithmetic
What a faculty.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Ali Baba and the forty thieves
went to school with dirty knees.
The teacher said, "Stand at ease".
Ali Baba and forty thieves.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Alice, tall and slender
Just like a giraffe.
Went one day
To take a bath.

Billy Sunday,                           (* an evangelist, circa 1939 *)
Save her soul.
Alice is slipping
Down the hole.

Source: Knapp (1976)

Alice, where are you going?
Upstairs to take a bath.
Alice with legs like toothpicks
And a neck like a giraffe.

Alice in the bathtub.
Alice pulled the plug.
Oh my goodness, oh my soul,
There goes Alice down the hole.

Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

All in together, girls.                (* Turners sing this *)
Never mind the weather, boys.
Hark! Hark!                            (* All jumpers enters *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Alligator, alligator
I can't swim.
Call {name} in.                        (* Jumper enters *)
Here comes the teacher
With a bamboo stick.
I wonder what I got
in arithmetic.
A, B, C, D, F.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Amos and Andy                          (* Radio program, circa 1940 *)
Sugar and candy.
I pop in.
Amos and Andy
Sugar and candy.
I pop down.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Amy Johnson flew in an airplane.           (* British aviatrix, circa 1930 *)
Away to America and never came back again.
She flew in an old tin lizzy
Enough to make you dizzy.
Amy Johnson in an airplane.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Ann is angry.
Bob is bad.
Helen is hateful.
Sam is sad.
I'm in love
And love is bliss.
How many times do I kiss?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Anna Banana
Can play the piano.
All she can play
Is the Star Spangled Banner.
Anna Banana split.                     (* Jumper does a split *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Apple on stick
Five cents a lick.
Everytime I turn around                 (* Jumper turns around *)
It makes me sick.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Apple, peach, pumpkin pie.
How many years before I die?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues count *)

Source: Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums
Tell me when your birthday comes.
January                                 (* jumpers jumps in when her *)
February                                (*  birthmonth is called     *)
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
1               (* jumpers jump out when their birthdate is called *)
2
3
. 
.
31

Source: Gunn (1996)

As I was going to Strawberry Fair      (* from London, circa 1916 *)
Singing buttercups and daisies
I met a maiden taking air.
Her eyes were blue and gold her hair
As she goes on to Strawberry Fair.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

As I was in the kitchen
Doing a bit of stitching,
In came a bogey man
And I walked out
I saw a lark
Shining in the dark.

Old father Nimble
Came and took my thimble.
I got up a great stone.
Hit him on the belly bone.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

As I was walking by the lake
I met a little rattlesnake.
I gave him so much jelly cake
It made his little belly ache.

As I was walking through the city
Half past nine o'clock at night
There I met a Spanish lady
Washing her clothes just right.

First she rubbed them.
Then she scrubbed them.
Then she hung them up so high.
Then she laid her hands upon them,
Said: "I wish my clothes were dry."

Source: Abrahams (1969)

As I was walking near the lake
I met a little rattlesnake.
He ate so much jelly cake
It made his belly ache.

Source: Cole (1989)

At the battle of Waterloo
This is what the soldiers do:
Left, right, left, right               (* Jumps on correct foot *)
All the way to Timbuktu.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Away down east.
Away down west.
Away down Alabama.
The only girl
That I love best
Her name is Suzianna.

I took her to the ball
Late one night.
And sat her down to supper.
The table fell
And she fell too
And stuck her nose in butter.

The butter, the butter
The holy margarine.
Two black eyes
And a jelly nose.
All the rest painted green

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Bake a pudding.
Bake a pie.
Did you ever
Tell a lie?

Yes, you did.
I know you did.
You broke your mother's
Teapot lid.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Banana banana banana spilt.
What did you get in arithmetic?
10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Beat beat beat your drum.
How many indians will come?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Been in Grandpa's garden
Turned on the hose.
How many times
Will he punch me in the nose?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Betty, Betty stumped her toe
On the way to Mexico.
On the way back
She broke her back
Sliding on a railroad track.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Blondie and Dagwood
Went to town.
Blondie bought
An evening gown.
Dagwood bought
A pair of shoes.
Cookie stayed home
To watch the news.
And this is what is said:
Close your eyes                     (* Jumper close eyes *)
And count to ten.
One, two, three, ...                (* Continues counting to 10 *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

Blue bells.                            (* Rock the rope to establish rhythm *)
Cockle shells.
Eevey, ivey,
Over.                                   (* Starts full turning *)


                                       Source: Abrahams (1969)
Bow legged Dutchman: walking down the street.
Bow legged Dutchman: have a little sweet.
Bow legged Dutchman: drink a glass of wine.
Bow legged Dutchman: count to nine.
One, two, three, ...                          (* Continue counting to nine *)

Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

Blue bells, my cockle shells           (* 17th century prayer *)
Farewell my mother.
Bury me in the old churchyard
Beside my brother.

My coffin shall be white.
Six white angels by my side.
Two to watch and two to pray
And two to carry my soul away.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Bow legged Dutchman: walking down the street.
Bow legged Dutchman: have a little sweet.
Bow legged Dutchman: drink a glass of wine.
Bow legged Dutchman: count to nine.
One, two, three, ...                          (* Continue counting to nine *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Bread and butter
Sugar and spice
How many boys
Think I am nice?
None, one, two, ...

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973), Cochran (1976)

Bronco Lane                            (* Television character, circa 1964 *)
Had a pain
So they sent
For Wagon Train.

Wagon Train
Was no good
So the sent
For Robin Hood.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Brownie, brownie, happy elf.
Brownie, brownie, that's myself.
A ready helper I can be.
Count my deeds and you shall see.
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Bubble gum, bubble gum
Chew and blow.                         (* Jumper blows a bubble *) 
Bubble gum, bubble gum
Scrape your toe.                       (* Jumper scrapes a toe *)
Bubble gum, bubble gum
Tastes so sweet.
Bubble gum, bubble gum
Get that bubble gum
Off your feet.                         (* Jumper stomps both feet *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Buster Brown
Went to town
With his pants
On upside down.

He lost a nickel.
He bought a pickle.
The pickle was sour.
He picked a flower.

The flower was yellow.
He bought him a fellow.
The fellow was mean.
He bought a bean.

The bean was hard.
He bought a card.
And on the card
It said, "Red hot pepper!"             (* Calls for fast turning *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Buster, Buster, climb the tree.        (* Jumper mimes actions *)
Buster, Buster, slap your knee.
Buster, Buster, throw a kiss.
Buster, Buster, do not miss.

Source: Solomon (1980)

Butterfly, butterfly: turn around.
Butterfly, butterfly: touch the ground.
Butterfly, butterfly: show your shoe.
Butterfly, butterfly: 23 to do.
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues count until 23 *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

California oranges
Fifty cents a pack.
Come on {name}                         (* Name a new jumper *)
Tap me on the back.                    (* New jumper enters *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Caroline Pink
Fell down the sink.
She caught the scarlet fever.
Her husband had to leave her.
She called in Doctor Blue
And he caught it too.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Charlie Chaplin came to Duluth         (* Film actor, circa 1930 *)
To have a dentist pull his tooth.
First he hollered then he yelled
Then he pulled the emergency bell.

Charlie Chaplin has big feet.
Thinks he owns the whole darn street.
If that street were made of glass
Charlie would fall and break his ---
Don't get excited. Don't get alarmed.
Charlie would fall and break his ARM!

Charlie Chaplin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.

Charlie Chaplin washing up
Broke a saucer and a cup.

Charlie Chaplin went to war.
When he came back
His pants were tore.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Charlie Chaplin sat on a pin           (* Film actor, circa 1935 *)
How many inches did it go in?
One, two, three, 

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Charlie, Charlie
Wheat and rye.
Kissed the girls
And made them cry.

Charlie, Charlie
Stole some barley
Out of the baker's shop.
The baker came out
And gave him a clout
Which made poor Charlie hop.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Charlie, Charlie, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck
Went to bed with two old ducks.
One just died.
The other cried.
Charlie, Charlie, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Cherry, cherry, cherry wine.
Come back here, I'll tan your 'hine

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Chew tobacco, chew tobacco
Spit it on the wall.
When you get used to it
That's not all.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Ching ching Chinaman
Eats dead rats.
Swallows them down
Like ginger snaps.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Ching ching Chinaman                (* Also, 'Tattletale, tattletale' *)
Sitting on a fence
Trying to make a dollar
Out of fifteen cents.
He missed, he missed like this.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Christopher Columbus
Sailed the ocean blue
In fourteen hundred
And ninety two.

Christopher Columbus
Was a very brave man.
He sailed the ocean
In an old tin can.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Cinderella, dressed in green,
Went upstairs to eat ice cream.
How many spoonfuls did she eat?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Cinderella, dressed in black,
Went upstairs and sat on a tack.
How many stitches did it take?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Cinderella, dressed in yellow,
Went upstairs to kiss her fellow.
Made a mistake
And kissed a snake
Came downstairs
With a bellyache.
How many doctors did it take?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Cinderella, dressed in yellow,
Went downtown to buy some mustard.
On the way, her girdle busted.
How many people were disgusted?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976,Cano (1973), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Cinderella, dressed in yellow
Went to town to mail a letter
On the way she met her fellow.
How many kisses did she get?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Cinderella, dressed in pink
Washed the dished in the sink.
How many dishes did she break?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Cinderella, dressed in green
Died last night at seven fifteen.
How many cars came to her funeral?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Cinderella, dressed in brown
Went upstairs to make a gown
How many stitches did she use?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Cinderella, dressed in rose
Went upstairs to powder her nose.
How many boxes did she use?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

Cobbler, cobbler
Mend my shoe.
Have it done
By half past two.

If half past two
Is far too late,
Have it done
By half past eight.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Cold meat mutton pies.
Tell me when your mother dies.
I'll be there to bury her.
Cold meat mutton pies.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Columbus went to sea, sea, sea.
To see what he could see, see, see.
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom on the sea, sea, sea.

Source: Knapp (1976)

Cross patch
Draw the latch
Sit by the fire and spin.
Take your cup
And drink it up
And call your neighbors in.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Cross the river.
Cross the lake.
I hope {name}                          (* Names another jumper *)
Makes a bad mistake.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Cups and saucers
Plates and dishes.
Your old man
Wears dirty britches.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Dancing dolly has no cents
She bought eggs for fifty nine cents.
The eggs went bad
Dolly went mad.
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues count until 59 *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

Dancing Dolly has no sense.
Bought a fiddle for eighteen cents.
But the only tune that she could play
Was {name} get out of the donkey's way.        (* Named jumper exits *)

Source: Cole (1989)

Dennis the Menace had a squirt gun.
He took it out and had some fun.
He shot a man right in the boot.
How many squirts did Dennis shoot?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues count *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973)

Did you ever go a fishing
On a sunny day?
Sitting on a log.
A log that rolled away.
Put your hands in your pocket.
Your pockets in your pants.
Did you ever see a fish
Do the hootchy kootchy dance?

Source: Solomon (1980)

Did you ever see a hearse go by?
Then you will be the next to die.
They wrap you up in a bloody sheet
And throw you down about fifty feet.
The worms crawl in.
The worms crawl out.
And that's what this story is all about.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Ding dong, time for school.
Teacher's coming up the walk.
Time for math, 4 plus 4 is 8.
Time for spelling, cat C-A-T.
Time for recess.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Doctor Brown, a very good man.
Teaches children all he can.
First to read then to write.
Eevy ivy, you run out.                  (* Jumper exits *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

Doctor, Doctor,
Can you tell
What will make
Poor {name} well?                     (* Names a girl *)

She is sick
And about to die,
That will make
Poor {name} cry.                      (* Names a boy *)

When he comes
All dressed in blue,
That's a sign
He'll marry you.

Source: Knapp (1976)

Dolly Dimple walks like this.            (* Jumper mimes these actions *)
Dolly Dimple talks like this.
Dolly Dimple smiles like this.
Dolly Dimple throws a kiss.

Source: Cole (1989)

Don't leave the rope empty,
Or you will suffer plenty.

Source: Knapp (1976)

Don't say 'ain't'.
Your mother will faint.
Your father will fall
In a bucket of paint.
Your sister will cry.
Your brother will die.
Your dog will call the FBI.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Don't worry
If your job is small
And your rewards are few.
Just remember
The mighty oak
Was once a nut like you.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Donald Duck is a one-legged duck,      (* Jump on 1 leg *)
               a one-legged duck,
               a one-legged duck.
Donald Duck is a two-legged duck,      (* Jump on 2 legs *)
               a two-legged duck,
               a two-legged duck.
Donald Duck is a three-legged duck,    (* Jump 2 legs, 1 hand to ground *)
               a three-legged duck,
               a three-legged duck.
Donald Duck is a four-legged duck,     (* Jump 2 legs, 2 hands to ground *)
               a four-legged duck,
               a four-legged duck.
Donald Duck is a bow-legged duck,      (* Jump bow legged *)
               a bow-legged duck,
               a bow-legged duck.
Donald Duck is a pigeon-toed duck,     (* Jump pigeon toed *)
               a pigeon-toed duck,
               a pigeon-toed duck.
Donald Duck is a knock-kneed duck,     (* Jump knock-kneed *)
               a knock-kneed duck,
               a knock-kneed duck.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Down by the river
Where nobody goes
Along came {name1}                      (* Names a girl *)
Without any clothes.
Along came {name2}                      (* Names a boy *)
Swinging a chain.
Down went the zipper
And out it came.
Six months swelling.
Nine months later
Out it came.
A bald headed monster
Swinging a chain.

Source: Abraham (1969), Knapp (1976)

Down in the desert
Where purple grass dies,
There sat a witch
With yellow green eyes.

Down in the dungeon
Seven feet deep,
Adolph Hitler                           (* German dictator, circa 1942 *)
Lies asleep.

German boys
They tickle his feet
Down in the dungeon
Seven feet deep.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Down in the jungle
Where the bamboo grows
A mouse stepped on
An elephant's toes.
The elephant said
With tears in his eyes
"Pick on someone
Your own size."

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Down in the valley
Where the green grass grows,
There sat {name}                       (* Names a girl *)
As sweet as a rose.

She sang and she sang
And she sang so sweet.
Along came {name}                      (* Names a boy *)
And kissed her on the cheek.

How many kisses
Did she get?
One, two, three, ...                    (* Continue counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Down the Mississippi
Where the steamboats go,
Some go fast.
Some go slow.
Down the Mississippi
Where the steamboats go PUSH.          (* Jumper exits, new jumper enters *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Dream lover, where are you?
Upstairs on the toilet stool.
What are doing way up there?
Washing out my underwear.
How did you get them so clean.
With a bottle of listerine.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Dum dum dodo
Catch me if you can.
I can run faster
Than {name} can.                       (* Names another jumper *)
S-C-H-O-O-L spells 'school'
so don't be late.                      (* Jumper runs figure 8 around ends *)
                                       (* with named jumper following.     *)


                                       Source: Abrahams (1969)
Dutch cheese and sauerkraut
O-U-T puts you out.                    (* Jumper must exit *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Dutch cheese and sauerkraut
O-U-T puts you out.                    (* Jumper must exit *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Echad, shtayim, shalosh va-reva      (*  One, two three and a quarter.   *)
Yesh lanu morah la-teva              (*  We have a science teacher.      *)
Hi nas'a l've-er sheva               (*  She travelled to Beersheba.     *)
Echad, shtayim, shalosh va-reva.     (*  One, two, three and a quarter.  *)


Agvaniah                       (* A tomato                   *)
tzomakhat ba-gina              (* is growing in the garden.  *)
ba yeled v'kataf otah.         (* A boy came and picked it.  *)

Source: Schaps (1993)

Eenie meenie miney moe.
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollars make him pay
Fifty dollars every day.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Eeper weeper,
Chimney sweeper
Had a wife,
But couldn't keep her.

Had another,
Didn't love her.
Up the chimney,
He did shove her.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Engine, engine, number nine
Going down Chicago line.
If the train goes off the track
Do you want your money back?

Source: Hastings (1990)

Engine, engine, number nine.
Moving down Chicago line.
How she's polished.
How she shines.
How many cars do you have?
One, two, three, ...                    (* Continues counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Solomon (1980)

Every morning at eight o'clock
You all may hear the postman's knock.
One, two, three, four.
There goes {name} out the door.                (* Named jumper exits *)

Source: Cole (1989)

Everybody, everybody                            (* Turners sing this *)
Come on in.
The first one misses
Takes my end.

All in                              (* All jumpers should be in by now *)
A bottle of gin.
All out                             (* All jumpers exit *)
A bottle of stout.                  (* If noone has missed, turners stay *)

Source: Cole (1989)

Firecracker, firecracker, oh, oh, oh.
Firecracker, firecracker, oh, oh, oh.
Boys have got the muscles.
Teachers got the brains.
Girls have got the sexy legs,
And we won the games.
If you want to take motion,
Take it slow.
This is how the motion goes:
Pepsicola, CocaCola, Royal Crown.
You've got to hypnotize her.
Boom dorizer,
Knock 'em down.

   (*  I was on holiday in France, Bourgogne, at a castle with an  *)
   (*  English landlady, whose two nieces were visiting with her.  *)
   (*  Katy and Miranda, Chateau Leveault, 11 August 1980          *)
   (*                                                              *)
   (*  Burkhard Leuschner                                          *)

Source: Leuschner (1993)

Fireman, fireman
Number eight
Hit his head
Against the gate.

The gate flew in.
The gate flew out.
That's the way
He put the fire out.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973)

Five, ten, fifteen, twenty.
Nobody leaves this rope empty.
If they do, they shall suffer.
Take an end and be a duffer.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Fudge, fudge,
Call the judge,
Mama has a
Newborn baby.
Wrap it up
In tissue paper.
Throw it down
The elevator.

First floor:  stop.
Second floor: miss.
Third floor:  turn around.
Fourth floor: touch the ground.
Fifth floor:  close your eyes
              And count to ten.
If you miss,
You take an end.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy
Was he?

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Grace, Grace,
Dressed in Lace,
Went upstairs
To powder her face.
How many boxes did she waste?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continue counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Gramma, Gramma,
Sick in bed.
Called the doctor
And the doctor said,
You ain't sick
All you have to do
Is the seaside six.

Hands up, shaky shaky shake shake.              (* Jumper mimes actions *)
Hands down, shaky shaky shake shake.            (* Shakes both hands    *)
Touch the ground, shaky shaky shake shake.
Turn around, shaky shaky shake shake.
Stomp around, shaky shaky shake shake.
Get out of town, shaky shaky shake shake.        (* Jumper exits        *)

Source: McCants (1993)

Grandma Moses sick in bed
Called for the doctor
And the doctor said
Grandma Moses, you're not sick
All you need is a peppermint stick.
Clap your hands, turn around          (* Jumper mimes actions *)
touch the ground.

Old man Moses sick in bed
Called for the doctor
And this is what he said
Take two steps forward                  (* Jumper mimes actions *)
Turn around
Do the bugaloo
And get out of town.                    (* Jumper exits *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Grandma, Grandma,
I am ill.
Send for the doctor
To give me a pill.

Doctor, Doctor,
Will I die?
Yes, my child,
And so will I.

Source: Cano (1973), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980)

Grandpa's whiskers old and gray
Always getting in the way.
Grandma chews them in her sleep
Thinking it is shredded wheat.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Greasy rails and timber bridges
Up the hills and down the ridges
Hard to stop but easy to start
What's the initial of my sweetheart?
A, B, C, ...                           (* Continues alphabet *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Ha-kupah,                  (* The box-office,         *)
Ha-kupah niftakhat         (* The box-office is open: *)
Ha-rishonah,               (* The first,              *) (* Jumpers enter *)
   ha-shniyah,             (*    The second,          *)
   ha-shlishit ...         (*    The third            *)
                                                        (* Continue count *)
   ha-acharonah            (*   The last.             *)
   ha-kulam                (*  The all of them        *)
Ha-rishonah yotz'ah ...    (*  The first goes out     *) (* Jumpers exit *)
   ha-shniyah yotz'ah,     (*    The second goes out, *)
   ha-shlishit yotz'ah ... (*    The third goes out   *)
                                                        (* Continue count *)
   ha-acharonah yotz'ah    (*    The last.           *)
   ha-kulam                (*  The all of them       *)

Source: Schaps (1993)

Have a cherry.
Have a plum.
Have a piece
Of chewing gum.
Flavored red hot pepper!              (* Calls fast turning *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Have a cigarette, sir.
No, sir.
Why, sir?
Because I have a cold, sir.
How'd you get your cold, sir?
At the North Pole, sir.
What were you doing there, sir?
Catching polar bears, sir.

Source: Wood (1996)

Have you ever, ever, ever
In your long legged life               (* Variants include:               *)
Seen a long legged sailor              (*   short legged, bow legged,     *)
With a long legged wife?               (*   pigeon toed, bald headed,     *)
                                       (*   pot bellied, probably others. *)
No, I never, never, never,
In my long legged life                 (* Sometimes 'spider' substitutes  *)
Saw a long legged sailor               (* for 'sailor'                    *)
With a long legged wife.


                                       Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)
Help 
H                       (* Turners raise level of rope.  H = high waters *)
E                       (* Jumper closes eyes.           E = eyes shut   *)
L                       (* Jumper on one foot.           L = leg         *)
P                       (* Calls for fast turning.       P = peppers     *)

Source: Knapp (1976)

Help 
H                       (* Turners raise level of rope.  H = high waters *)
E                       (* Jumper closes eyes.           E = eyes shut   *)
L                       (* Jumper on one foot.           L = leg         *)
P                       (* Calls for fast turning.       P = peppers     *)

Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

Her first name is {name}.              (* Name a girl *)
Catch her if you can.
Cause she's in love with {name}.       (* Name a boy *)
He is her only man.               

{name} took her in the garden.         (* Name same boy *)
Set her on his knee.
{name}, {name}, please                 (* Name same girl *)
Will you marry me?
Yes, no, maybe so, ...                 (* Continues repeating *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Here comes the bride
All dressed in white.
Stepped on a turtle
Down fell her girdle.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Here comes the teacher
With a big fat stick
Now get ready
For arithmetic.
One and one are two.
Two and tow are four.
Now get ready
For spelling.
Spell cat.
C-A-T
Spell rat.
R-A-T
Now get ready
For music.                             (* Jumper sings Yankee Doodle *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

Hi Marshall Dillon                     (* Television character, circa 1950 *)
How about a date?
Meet me in the corner
At half past eight.

Bring along your horse.
Bring along your mule.
Don't bring your teacher
Cause I hate school.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Hokey pokey
Penny a lump.
The more you eat
The more you jump.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Holy Moses                            (* Often 'Nebuchanezzar' *)
King of Jews
Bought his wife
A pair of shoes.
When the shoes
Began to squeak.
Holy Moses
Became a Greek.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

House for rent.
Move right in.
There's a lady upstairs
Drinking gin.
Gin is a very bad thing
So when I go out, {name} comes in.     (* Names next jumper *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

How do you spell 'cat'?
I don't know that.
How do you spell 'cow'?
I don't know how.
How do you spell 'hospital'?
That's impossible.

Source: Hastings (1990)

I am a little girl
Just so high.
I can make donuts.
I can make pie.

I broke a little platter
Right in two.
Moma came to whip me.
Boo hoo hoo.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I am a little sailor girl
Dressed in yellow.
This is the way
I treat my fellow.
I kiss him and I hug him
And I kick him in the pants.
That is the end
Of my romance.

Source: Hastings (1990)

I am a little trolley car.
My number's 48.
I went around the cor-or-orner
And I slammed on my brakes.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

I had a dolly dressed in green.
I didn't like her.
I gave her to the queen.
The queen didn't like her.
She gave her to the cat.
The cat didn't like her
Because she wasn't fat.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I had a little brother.
His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub
To teach him how to swim.

He drank up all the water.
He ate up all the soap.
He tried to eat the bathtub,
But it wouldn't go down his throat.

My mother called the doctor.
The doctor called his nurse.
The nurse called the lady
With the alligator purse.

"Mumps," said the doctor.
"Mumps," said the nurse.
"Mumps," said the lady
 With the alligator purse.

Out went the doctor.
Out went the nurse. 
Out went the lady
With the alligator purse.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

I had a little duckling                (* Jumper1 starts *)
Named Tiny Tim.
Put him in the bathtub.
Teach him how to swim.

Swallowed a bubble.
Called the doctor.
Called the nurse.
Called the lady
With the big fat purse.

In came the doctor.                   (* Jumper2 enters *)
In came the nurse.                    (* Jumper3 enters *)
In came the lady                      (* Jumper4 enters *)
With the big fat purse.

Out went the doctor.                  (* Jumper2 exits *)
Out went the nurse.                   (* Jumper3 exits *)
Out went the lady                     (* Jumper4 exits *)
With the big fat purse.

Source: Solomon (1980)

I had a little monkey.
I sent him to the country.
I fed him on gingerbread.
He jumped out the winder
And broke his little finger.
And now my monkey's dead.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I hear the teacher
Tapping on the window.
January, February, March, ...          (* Continues until birth month  *)
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues until birth date   *)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, ...        (* Continues until day of birth *)
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues until age.         *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

I know a little lady
But her name is Miss.
She went around the corner
To buy a little fish.
She met a little fellow.
Gave him a little kiss.
I know a little lady
But her name is Miss.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I know a man named Michael Finnegan.
He wears whiskers on his chineagan.
Along a wind, blew them back in again.
Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I love coffee.
I love tea.
I love the boys
And they love me.

Tell your mother
To hold her tongue.
She was the same
When she was young.

No more coffee.
No more tea.
No more boys
And no more me.                        (* Jumper exits *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

I love coffee.
I love tea.
I love {name}                   (* Names a new jumper *)
To jump in with me.

Source: Knapp (1976)

I never went to college.
I never went to school.
But when it comes boogie
I'm an educated fool.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I saw Esau kissing Kate.
The fact is we all three saw.
For I saw Esau and he saw me
And she saw I saw Esau.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

I see London.
I see stars.
I see someone's
Underdrawers.

Are they purple?
Are they pink?
Oh my goodness!
How they stink!

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I see London, I see France
I see {name} underpants.               (* Name a girl *)
Not too big.  Not too small.
Just the size for cannonballs.

Source: Hastings (1990)

I should worry.
I should care.
I should marry
A millionaire.

He should die.
I should cry.
Then I'd marry
A richer guy.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I spy Peter
Sitting on a heater.
Ding dong
The fire bell.
Up the ladder:
January, February, March, ...         (* Continues months of year      *)
                                      (* On second pass through months *)
                                      (* Jumper exits on birth month   *)

Source: Knapp (1976)

I was born in a frying pan.
Can you guess how old I am?
One, two, three, ...                      (* Continue count *)

Source: Cole (1989)

I was standing on the corner
Not doing any harm.
Along came a policeman
And took me by the arm.
He took me around the corner
And he rang a little bell.
Along came a police car
And took me to my cell.

I woke up in the morning
And looked up on the wall.
The cooties and the bedbugs
Were having a game of ball.
The score was six to nothing.
The bedbugs were ahead.
The cooties hit a home run
And knocked me out of bed.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I went upstairs to make my bed.
I made a mistake and bumped my head.
I went downstairs to milk my cow.
I made a mistake and milked the sow.
I went in the kitchen to bake a pie.
I made a mistake and baked a fly.

Source: Cole (1989)

I won't go to Macy's                   (* A big store in New York *)
Anymore, more, more.
There's a big fat policeman
At the door, door, door.
He takes me by the collar.
He makes me pay a dollar.
I won't go to Macy's
Anymore, more, more.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I'll tell Ma
When I get home
That the boys
Won't leave me alone.

They pull my hair
And break my combs.
I'll tell Ma
When I get home.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

I'm a Girl Guide
Dressed in blue.
These are the actions I must do
Salute to the King
And bow to the Queen
And turn right round on a lump of string.

Source: Holloway (1993)

I'm a little Dutch girl,
As pretty as can be,
And all the boys on the baseball team
Are crazy over me.

They gave me all their apples.
They gave me all their pears.
They gave me fifty cents
And kicked me down the stairs.

My mother wanted peaches.
My brother wanted pears.
My father wanted fifty cents
To fix the broken stairs.

My boyfriend gave me peaches.
My boyfriend gave me pears.
My boyfriend gave me fifty cents
To fix the broken stairs.

My mother ate the peaches.
My brother ate the pears.
My father ate the fifty cents
And fell right down the stairs.

My mother gave me peaches.
My father gave me pears.
My boyfriend kissed me on the  cheek
And fell right down the stairs.

I am a little Dutch girl
As pretty as can be be be
And all the boys around my block
Are crazy over me me me.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

I'm a little hippy
Dressed in blue
Here are the things
I like to do.
Spit at the captain.
Kick the queen.
Burn my draft card
For the US Marines.

Source: Hastings (1990)

I'm a little sailor girl
Dressed in blue.
These are the things
I can do.
Bow to the captain.                    (* Jumper bows *)
Curtsey to the queen.                  (* Jumper curtseys *)
Turn my back on                        (* Jumper turns around *)
The dirty submarine.
Not because its dirty.
Not because its clean.
Because its just a
Dirty submarine.

Source: Cano (1973), Cochran (1976), Hastings (1990)

I'm little jumping Joan
When nobody is with me
I'm always alone.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Ice cream soda,
Delaware punch.
Tell me the name
Of my honey bunch.
A, B, C, ...                           (* Continues alphabet *)
                                       (* Misses on initial of boyfriend *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980)

If you are getting old and out of shape,
Remember the girdles are only $2.98.

Source: Hastings (1990)

In the dark, dark world
There's a dark, dark country.
In the dark, dark country
There's a dark, dark wood.
In the dark, dark wood
There's a dark, dark house.
In the dark, dark house
There's a man trying to mend a fuse.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973)

Indian, indian, live in a tent.
Indian, indian, never pay rent.
She borrowed one.
She borrowed two.
And passed the rope over to you.       (* New turner takes an end *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Ipsey pipsey, tell me true,
Who shall I be married to?
A, B, C, ...                           (* Continues alphabet *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

Johnny over the ocean.
Johnny over the sea.
Johnny broke a bottle,
And blamed it on me.

I told Ma.
Ma told Pa.
Johnny got a whippin'.
Ha ha ha.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

Johnny, Johnny: what's the price of geese?
Johnny, Johnny: fifty cents apiece.
Johnny, Johnny: that's too dear.
Johnny, Johnny: get out of here.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Jump rope, jump rope
Will I miss?
Jump rope, jump rope
Just watch this.                (* Jumper jumps on the rope, stopping it *)

Source: Cole (1989)

Kaiser Bill                            (* William II of Germany, circa 1915 *)
Went up the hill
To see if the war was over.
General French
Was in his trench
And kicked him into Dover.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Kaiser Bill                            (* William II of Germany, circa 1915 *)
Went up the hill
To take a shot at France.
Kaiser Bill
Came down the hill
With bullets in his pants.

Source: Milnes (1996)

Ladies and gentlemen
Children too,
This young lady's
Going to boogie for you.

She's going to turn around.                   (* Jumper turn around *)
She's going to touch the ground.              (* Jumper touch ground *)
She's going to shimmy, shimmy, shimmy         (* Jumper wiggles hips *)
Till her drawers fall down.

She never went to college.
She never went to school.
But when she came back,
She was a nasty fool.

Source: Knapp (1976)

Lemon and lime
Be on time
Don't be late
Just be on time.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Lincoln, Lincoln,
I been thinking
What the heck
Have you been drinking?
Looks like water
Tastes like wine
Oh my gosh, its turpentine.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Little Betty Blue
Lost her shoe.
What shall Betty do?
Buy her another
To match the other
And then she'll walk in two.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Little George Washington
Never told a lie.
So he ran around the corner           (* Jumper exits runs around bystander *)
And stole a cherry pie.               (* Jumper re-enters                   *)
How many cherries did he get?
Hot peppers!                          (* Calls fast turning *)
10, 20, 30, ...                       (* Continues counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Little Miss Pinky
Dressed in blue.
Died last night
At half past two.

Before she died
She told me this.
When you jump rope
Miss, miss, miss.                       (* Calls fast turning *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Little Sally Waters
Sitting in a saucer
Crying and weeping
Cause nobody loves her.

Rise Sally, rise Sally.
Turn to the east Sally.                (* Jumper turns east *)
Turn to the west Sally.                (* Jumper turns west *)
Turn to the one you like the best.     (* Jumper turns to sweetheart *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Mabel, Mabel
Strong and able
Get your elbows
Off the table.

I told you once.
I told you twice.
I'll never, never
Tell you thrice.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Mable, Mable,
Set the table,
Don't forget the salt,
Vinegar,
Mustard,
Pepper!                              (* Calls fast turning *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973), Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

Maggie, Maggie                         (* Comic character, circa 1911 *)
Where is Jiggs?                        (* Comic character, circa 1911 *)
Down in the cellar
Eating pigs.
How many pigs did he eat?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Mama's going to have a baby.
If it is a boy
I'll buy it a toy.
If it is a girl
I hope it has curl.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Mama, Mama,
I am sick.
Call the doctor.
Quick, quick, quick.
How many pills
Do I take?
One, two, three, ...                  (* Continue counting *)

Source: Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980)

Margie drank lemonade.
Margie drank beer.
Margie drank some other drinks
That made her feel queer.

"Oops" said the lemonade.
"Oops" said the beer.
"Oops" said the other drinks
That made her feel queer.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Margie drank some marmalade.
Margie drank some pop.
Margie drank some other things
That made her stomach flop.

Whoops went the marmalade.
Whoops went the pop.
Whoops went the other things
That made her stomach flop.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Solomon (1980)

Mary had a little car.
Its color was painted red.
Everywhere that Mary went
The cops picked up the dead.

Mary had a miniskirt.
Its cloth was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went
Her little rump would show.

Mary had a little lime.
She also had some gin.
Everywhere that Mary went
Was where she thought she'd been.

Mary had a little lamb.
And the doctor was surprised.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Mary had a little lamb
A lobster and some prunes
A little pie, a little Coke
And some macaroons.

It made the naughty waiters
Grin to see her order so.
And when the carried Mary out
Her face was white as snow.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Mary had bread and jam
Marmalade and treacle.
A bit for you.
A bit for me.
And a bit for all the people.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Mary Mack, dressed in black
Silver buttons down her back.
Ask her Ma for fifteen cents
To see the elephant jump the fence.

He jumped so high
He touched the sky
And won't come back
Until the fourth of July.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Mickey Mickey Mickey Mouse
Laid an egg in Grandma's house.
The egg was rotten
Full of cotton.
Mickey Mickey Mickey Mouse.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Mima mima Aunt Jamimer
Lost a child and couldn't find her.
Brother found her in the dell.
Now she treats her very well.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the burning of the school.
We have tortured all the teachers
And broken all the rules.
We are marching down the aisle
Now to kill the principal.
Our gang is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Teacher hit me with a ruler.
I hit her on the bean
With a rotten tangerine
And there ain't no teacher anymore.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Miss Lucy had a tugboat.
The tugboat had a bell.
Miss Lucy went to heaven.
The tugboat went to 

Hello operator.
Give me number nine.
If you disconnect me
I'll kick you in the 

Behind the refrigerator
There was a little glass.
Miss Lucy sat upon it.
It cut her in the

Ask me no more questions.
I'll tell you no more lies.
The boys are in the bathroom
Zipping up their

Flies are in the country.
Bees are in the air.
Miss Lucy in the meadow
In just her underwear.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Miss, miss.
Little miss, miss.
When she misses,
She misses like this.                  (* Calls for fast turning *)

I know a woman
And her name is Miss
And all of a sudden
She goes like this.                    (* Calls for fast turning *)

I know a man
And his name is Mister.
He knows a lady
And her name is Miss.                  (* Calls for fast turning *)

Source: Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Cole (1989)

Mississippi
M                              (* Jumper feet pigeon toed *)
I                              (* Jumper toe dots i over other foot *)
Crooked letter                 (* Jumper bends knees, arch hands above head *)
Crooked letter                 (* Jumper bends knees, arch hands above head *)
I                              (* Jumper toe dots i over other foot *)
Crooked letter                 (* Jumper bends knees, arch hands above head *)
Crooked letter                 (* Jumper bends knees, arch hands above head *)
I                              (* Jumper toe dots i over other foot *)
Hump back                      (* Jumper raises toe to knee, hunches over *)
Hump back                      (* Jumper raises toe to knee, hunches over *)
I                              (* Jumper toe dots i over other foot *)

Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan.
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake,
Catch me if you can!                  (* Calls fast turning *)

Source: Knapp (1976)

Momma's in the kitchen
Making tapioca.
Father's in the kitchen
Reading the newspaper.
Baby's in the crib
Eating red hot peppers!                (* Calls for fast turning *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Monday is my washing day.
Tuesday I am done.
Wednesday is my ironing day.
Thursday I am done.

Friday is my shopping day.
Saturday I am done.
Sunday is my writing day.
And Harry never comes.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Moses supposes his toeses are roses,
But Moses supposes erroneously.
For Moses he knowses his toeses aren't roses,
As Moses supposes his toeses to be.

Source: Voelker (1996)

Mother sent me to the store.
She said I could not stay.
I fell in love with a blue eyed boy.
I couldn't get away.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Mother, mother, have you heard?
Poppa's going to buy me a mockingbird.
If that mockingbird don't sing
Poppa's going to buy me a diamond ring.
If that diamond ring don't shine
Poppa's going to buy me a bottle of wine.
If that bottle of wine gets broke
Poppa's going to buy me a billy goat.
If that billy goat runs away
Poppa's going to buy me a Chevrolet.
If that Chevrolet don't run
Poppa's going to buy me a BB gun.
If that BB gun don't shoot
Poppa's going to buy me a bathing suit.
If that bathing suit don't fit
Poppa's going to say,'The heck with it!'
Sugar on a doughnut, yum, yum.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Motor boat, motor boat: go so slow.         (* Turn rope slow     *)
Motor boat, motor boat: go a little fast.   (* Turn rope normal   *)
Motor boat, motor boat: step on the gas!    (* Calls fast turning *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Mrs. Red
Went to bed
In the morning
She was dead.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

My boyfriend's name is {name}           (* Name a boy *)
He is so silly silly.
He has forty nine toes
And a big red nose
And that's the way
The story goes.

Source: Knapp (1976)

My boyfriend's name is Fatty.
He comes from Cincinnati.
With a pickle for a nose
And a great big mouth
And that's the way my story goes.

Source: Knapp (1976)

My mommy works.
My daddy cuts the meat.
I'm the little meanie
Who lives across the street.
How many miles do I go?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues count *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

My mother and your mother
Hanging out the clothes.
My mother gave your mother
A punch in the nose.

My mother and your mother
Live across the way.
Every night
They have a fight
And this is what they say.

Icky bicky soda cracker
Icky bicky boo.
Icky bicky soda cracker
Out goes you.                          (* Jumper exits *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Hastings (1990)

My mother and your mother 
Were washing the clothes,
My mother punched your mother 
Right in the nose.
What color blood came out?
R                                   (* spell a color *)
E
D                                   (* jumper exits *)

Source: Littlefield (1995)

My mother gave me a nickel.
My father gave me a dime.
My sister gave me a lover boy
That kissed me all the time.

My mother took my nickel.
My father took my dime.
My sister took my lover boy
And gave me Frankenstein.

He made me wash the dishes.
He made me scrub the floor.
I didn't like that a single bit
So I kicked him out the door.

Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

My mother is a butcher.
My father cuts the meat.
I'm a little hot dog
Running down the street.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Solomon (1980)

My name is MacNamara.
I am the leader of the band.
My wife is Betty Grable.               (* Movie actress, circa 1940 *)
She is the fairest in the land.

Oh, she can dance and she can sing
And she can show a leg.
The only thing that she can't do,
She cannot boil an egg.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

My old granddad made a shoe.
How many nails did he put through?
One, two, three, ...                      (* Continue count *)

Source: Cole (1989)

My sister got a boyfriend.
Comes in every night.
They go into the corner.
Turns out all the lights.

Peek into the keyhole.
What do I see?
{name}, {name}, {name}                 (* Names a boy *)
Put your arms around me.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Nine lives, nine lives.
That's what a cat has.
Do you?                                (* Calls fast turning *)
One, two, three, ... nine.             (* Counts to nine *)

Source: Hastings (1990)

Nine o'clock is striking.              (* from Missouri circa 1943 *)
Mother may I go out?
All the boys are waiting
For to take me out.

Some will give me apples.
Some will give me pears.
Some will give me fifty cents
And kiss me on the stairs.

I don't want the apples.
I don't want the pears.
I don't want the fifty cents
To kiss me on the stairs.

I'd rather do the dishes.
I'd rather scrub the floor.
I'd rather kiss the iceman
Behind the kitchen door.

Source: Knapp (1976)

No more pencils.
No more books.
No more teacher's
Crossed eyed looks.

Source: Solomon (1980)

Not last night
But the night before
Twenty four robbers
Knocking at my door.
As I ran out,
They ran in.
I hit them over the head
With a rolling pin.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Not last night,
But the night before
Twenty four robbers
Came a knocking at my door.
I went downstairs
To see what they wanted
And this is what they said to me.
Dancer, Prancer, do the split.
Dancer, Prancer, give a high kick.

Source: Ashley (1996)

Now you are married.
You must be good.
Make your husband
Chop the wood.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

O U T spells out
And out you go
Right in the middle
Of the deep blue sea.                  (* Jumper exits *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Oh, {name}                              (* Name a boy *)
I'm ashamed of you.
For leaving {name}                     (* Name a girl *)
On the ocean blue.

Her heart is nearly broken.
She's dying for a kiss.
Oh {name}                              (* Name same boy *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Oh, I run in and around I go.              (* Jumper enters *)
Clap my hands and nod just so.             (* Jumper mimes actions *)
I lift mu knee and slap my toe.            (* Jumper mimes actions *)
When I go out, let {name} come in.         (* Names next jumper, exits *)

Source: Cole (1989)

Old lady, old lady lived in a shoe.
Old lady, old lady what to do?
Old lady, old lady stubbed her toe.
Old lady, old lady out you go.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973)

Old man Daisy
He went crazy.
Up the ladder.
Down the ladder.
Zider, zider.
Billy goat rider.

Source: Cano (1973)

Old man lazy
Drives me crazy.
Up the ladder.                           (* Jumper moves toward an end    *)
Down the ladder.                         (* Jumper moves toward other end *)
H O T spells hot.                        (* Calls for fast turning *)

Source: Cole (1989)

Old Molly Rier
Jumped in the fire.
The fire was so hot
She jumped in the pot.
The pot was so black
She jumped in a crack.
The crack was so high
She jumped in the sky.
The sky was so blue
She jumped in the flue.
The flue was so deep
She jumped in the creek.
The creek was so shallow
She jumped in the tallow.
The tallow was so cold
She jumped on a pole.
The pole was so round
She jumped on the ground.
The ground was white
And there she spent the night.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Solomon (1980)

Old Mother Mason
Broke her basin
Traveling down
To the railroad station.

Old Mother Witch
Fell in a ditch.
Found an apple.
Thought she was rich.

Old Mother Kelly
Had pimple on her belly.
Doctor cut it off
Made it into jelly.

Old Mother Cole
Had no soul.
Tried to get to heaven
On a telephone pole.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Oliver Twist
Can't do this.
So what's the use of trying?

Number 1:  touch your tongue.           (* Jumper mimes actions *)
Number 2:  touch your shoe.
Number 3:  bend your knee.
Number 4:  touch the floor.
Number 5:  wave goodbye.
Number 6:  do the splits.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

On the mountain stands a lady.
Who she is, I don't know.
All she wants is gold and silver.
All she wants is ice cream cones.
So jump in, my darling.
So jump out, my baby.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973)

Once upon a time
A goose drank wine
And a monkey chewed tobacco
On a trolley car line

The trolley car broke.
The monkey choked.
And they all went to heaven
On a billy goat.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

One bright morning
In the middle of the night
Two dead boys
Got up to fight.

Back to back
They faced each other
Drew their swords
And shot their mother.

Two deaf policemen
Heard the noise
Came and killed
Those two dead boys.

If you don't believe
All this is true,
Ask the blindman.
He saw it too.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

One day when I was walkin'
A walkin' to the fair,
I met a senorita
With a flower in her hair.

Oh shake it senorita.                 (* Shakes both hands *)
Shake it if you can.
Shake it like a milkshake
And shake it once again.

Oh she wowed them on the bottom.            (* Lower hands *)
She wowed them on the top.                  (* Raise hands *)
She turned around and turned around         (* Turn around *)
Until she make us stop.

Salome was a dancer.
She danced before the king.
And everytime she danced
She wiggled everything.

Stop said the king.
You can't do this in here.
Boloney said Salome
And she kicked the chandlier.

Oh she wowed them on the bottom.            (* Lower hands *)
She wowed them on the top.                  (* Raise hands *)
She turned around and turned around         (* Turn around *)
Until she make us S-T-O-P stop.

Source: McCants (1993)

One to make ready
And two to show.
Three to start
And four to go.

Source: Solomon (1980)

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
All good children go to heaven.
When you get there, God will say
"Where's that book you stole away?"
If you say, "I don't know"
He will send you down below
Where everything is red hot peppers!       (* Calls fast turning *)

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
All good children go to heaven.
When you get there, the angels say
"{schoolname} children, right this way."   (* Name your school *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

One, two: buckle my shoe.
Three, four: shut the door.
Five, six pick up sticks.
Seven, eight: shut the gate.
Nine, ten: begin again.

Source: Solomon (1980)

Oneray, tworay, zickray, a a.
Oneray, tworay, zickray, zan.
Halibow, crackabow.
Windbird, swag tail.
Ten bow tan.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Solomon (1980)

Operator, operator
Give me number nine.
If the line is busy
Give me back my dime.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Order in the courts
The judge is eating beans.
His wife is in the bathtub
Counting submarines.
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continue counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Passing the doctor.
One, two, three.
Passing the doctor.
Out goes she.                           (* Jumper exits *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Peaches in the parlor.
Apples on the shelf.
{name} is getting tired                (* Name a girl *)
Of sleeping by herself.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Pease porridge hot.
Pease porridge cold.
Pease porridge in the pot.
Nine days old.

Some like it hot.
Some like it cold.
Some like it in the pot.
Nine days old.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Pepsi Cola went to town.
Coca Cola shot him down.
Doctor Pepper fixed him up.
They all got drunk on Seven Up.

Source: Hastings (1990)

Piggy on the railroad
Picking up stones.
Up came the engine
Breaking Piggy's bones.

"Oh" said Piggy
"That's not fair."
"Oh" said the driver
"I don't care."

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Pita                           (* Pita                             *)
Pita felafel                   (* Pita and felafel                 *)
Pita felafel im                (* Pita and felafel with            *)
Pita felafel im kharif         (* Pita and felafel with hot sauce. *)

           (*  pita is a pocket-shaped bread of Israel *)
           (*  felafel are the deep-fried chick-pea    *)
           (*  balls that are put into the pocket of   *)
           (*  a _pita_ to make the national snack     *)

Source: Schaps (1993)

Policeman, policeman
Do your duty.
Along comes {name}                          (* Name a girl *)
The American beauty.

She can hobble.
She can wobble.
She can do the twist
But she can't do this:

Jump on one foot, one foot.            (* Jump on one foot *)
Jump on two feet, two feet.            (* Jump on both feet *)
Jump on three feet, three feet.        (* Jump both feet, hand to ground *)
Jump on four feet, four feet.          (* Jump both feet, hands to ground *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980)

Policeman, policeman
Don't blame me.
Blame that boy
Behind the tree.

He stole sugar.
He stole tea.
Policeman, policeman
Don't blame me.

Source: Solomon (1980)

Pom, pom,
Pompadour.
{name1} calls {name2}       (* Jumper (name1) calls a replacement (name2) *)
To the door.

{name2}'s the one
Who's going to have fun.             (* Jumper2 enters rope *)
So we don't need
{name1} any more.                    (* Jumper1 exits rope *)

Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

Put your hands in your pockets.
Your pockets in your pants.
Did you ever see a fish
Do the hootchie kootchie dance?

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Red headed sapsucker
Sitting on a vine
Wants a chew of tobacco
But he won't get mine.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Rich man.
Poor man.
Beggar man.
Thief.
Doctor.
Lawyer,
Priest.

Source: Solomon (1980)

Rin Tin Tin                        (* A trained dog in cinema, circa 1950 *)
Swallowed a pin.
Went to the doctor.
Doctor's not in.
Opened the door.
Fell on the floor.
That's the end
Of Rin Tin Tin.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Robbie Burns was born in Ayr.
Now he's in Talfalgar Square.
If you want to see him there,
Board a bus and skip the fare.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Rooms for rent.
Inquire within.
When I move out
Let {name} move in.                    (* Names next jumper *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

Sally Rand                             (* exotic dancer, circa 1913 *)
Lost her fan.
Run, run, run
As fast as you can.                    (* Calls for fast turning *)
Give it back
You nasty man.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980)

Salt makes you thirsty.
Pepper makes you sneeze.
Jumping makes you tired.
Wobble at the knees.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Schools's out.
Schools's out.
Teacher let the fools out.
One went east.
One went west.
One went up the teacher's dress.

Source: Solomon (1980)

Shamein dubon                  (* A fat teddy-bear              *)
Bala sabon                     (* Swallowed soap                *)
Hitil beitzah                  (* Laid an egg                   *)
Ul'(plonit) yatz'ah            (* And there came out for {name} *)
Mik'lipat habeitzah            (* From the shell of the egg.    *)
Avru shanim                    (* Years passed,                 *)
Khalfu yamim                   (* Days went by,                 *)
Ul'(plonit) noldu              (* And there were born to {name} *)
Shlosha banim                  (* Three sons:                   *)
Ekhad shamein                  (* One fat,                      *)
Sheini razeh                   (* The second thin,              *)
V'ha-sh'lishi yoshev           (* And the third one sits        *)
B'veit kafeh.                  (* In a coffee house.            *)

Source: Schaps (1993)

Sheep in the meadow.
Cows in the corn.
Jump in on the month
When you were born.
January, February, March, ...          (* Jumpers enter *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Shtayim ba-kol                 (*  Two for all          *)
Mastik agol                    (*  A round piece of gum *)
Kaniti etmol                   (*  I bought yesterday   *)
Be'tzeva kakhol.               (*  Colored blue.        *)

Source: Schaps (1993)

Shtayim biz'man                (* Two at a time                   *)
Halakhti la-yarkan             (* I went to the greengrocer       *)
Kaniti m'laf'fon               (* I bought a cucumber             *)
V'nitka li ba-garon            (* And it got caught in my throat  *)
Halakhti la-rofei              (* I went to the doctor            *)
Shatiti kos kafeh              (* I drank a cup of coffee         *)
Shakhavti ba-mitah             (* I lay down in bed               *)
V'nihyeiti b'riah.             (* And got better.                 *)

   (* "Two at a time" and "two for all" means that they jump two by two, *)
   (* with two girls jumping in the middle at each turn of the rope (two *)
   (* others are stationed at each end turning it). Normally, as I       *)
   (* observe it, this is a dynamic procedure: at each turn the first    *)
   (* girl goes out and runs around to be the last in line, while the    *)
   (* first in line becomes the second of the two jumpers for the next   *)
   (* turn.     -- Schaps (1993)                                         *)

Source: Schaps (1993)

Sister had date last night.
Boyfriend held her very tight.
Brother made a friendly bet.
How many kisses did she get?
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Sleeping Beauty thinks she's cuties.
All she wears in bathing suities.
If she can jump to twenty four,
She may have her turn once more.
One, two, three, ...                   (* Continues count to 24 *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

Spanish dancer: do the splits.         (* Jumper mimes actions *)
Spanish dancer: do a high kick.
Spanish dancer: turn around.
Spanish dancer: touch the ground.
Spanish dancer: skit skat, skidoo.

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980)

Standing at the bar
Smoking a cigar
Laughing at the donkey
Har har har.

Source: Cole (1989)

Standing on the corner,
Chewing a piece of gum.
Along came {name}                     (* Names a new jumper *)
And asked for some.
                        (* Jumper2 jumps in, yells "Give me some"           *)
                        (* Jumper1 exits runs around one turner             *)
                        (* Jumper2 exits runs around other turner           *)
                        (* If Jumper2 tags Jumper1 outside the rope,        *)
                        (*              or Jumper1 misses on re-entry,      *)
                        (* Jumper2 takes over, otherwise Jumper1 continues. *)

Source: Knapp (1976)

Sugar and cream.
Bread and butter.
What is the name
Of my true lover?
A, B, C, ...                           (* Continues alphabet *)

Source: Cochran (1976)

Teacher, teacher,
Don't whip me.
Whip that boy
Behind the tree.
He stole peaches.
I stole none.
Teacher, teacher
Ain't that fun?

Teacher, teacher,
Don't whip me.
Whip that boy
Behind the tree.
He stole money
I stole honey.
Teacher, teacher
Ain't that funny?

Source: Yellowbelly, yellowbelly

Teddy bear, teddy bear: turn around.              (* Jumper mimes actions *)
Teddy bear, teddy bear: touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear: tie your shoes.    (* Sometimes 'Ladybug, ladybug' *)
Teddy bear, teddy bear: read the news.
Teddy bear, teddy bear: go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear: say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear: turn out the lights.
Teddy bear, teddy bear: say good night.
G-O-O-D-N-I-G-H-T.                                 (* Spell on each jump *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Cano (1973), Cochran (1976), Knapp (1976), Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

The devil flew from north to south
With Miss Hooker in his mouth.
When he found she was a fool
Dropped her on {name} School.           (* Names a rival school *)

Source: Abrahams (1969)

The Jackson Five                       (* musical group, circa 1963 *)
Went to France
To teach the children
How to dance.
A heel and a toe                       (* Jumper lands on heel and toe *)
And round you go.                      (* Jumper turns full around     *)
A heel and a toe                       (* Jumper lands on heel and toe *)
And around I go.                       (* Jumper turns full around     *)
Salute to the captain.                 (* Jumper salutes               *)
Bow to the king.                       (* Jumper bows                  *)
Turn your back                         (* Jumper turns other direction *)
On the ugly old queen.

Source: Knapp (1976)

The King of France
Wet his pants
Right in the middle
Of a wedding dance.
How many puddles
Did he make?
One, two, three, ...

Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

The parson in the pulpit
Couldn't say his prayers.
He gabbled and he gabbled
Til he tumbled down the stairs.

The stairs gave a crack
And he broke his back
And all the congregation
Gave a clap, clap, clap.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

There's a place called Mars
where the ladies smoke cigars
and they often state
it's enough to kill a snake.
If the snake is dead
they put roses on its head.
If the roses die
they put diamonds in its eyes.
If the diamonds break
they sing 1968.

Source: Culhane (1995)

Tick tock.                             (* Newcomers must join before  *)
This game is locked.                   (* chant is over.              *)
Nobody else can play.                  (* Usually performed with all  *)
If they do,                            (* players touching a common   *)
We'll take their shoe                  (* object-- like the jump rope *)
And beat them black and blue.          (* forming a circle.           *)

Source: Knapp (1976), Hastings (1990)

Tilly the toiler
Sat on a boiler.
The boiler got hot.
Tillie got shot.
How many times did Tilly get shot?
One, two, three, ...                    (* Continues count *)

Source: Solomon (1980)

Tomatoes, lettuce
Carrots and peas.
Mother said
You eat a lot of these.

Source: Knapp (1976)

Two in the middle.
Two at the end.
Each is a sister.
Each is a friend.
A shilling to save.
A penny to spend.
Two in the middle.
Two at the end.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Two in the middle and two at the end.
Each is a sister and each is a friend.
A penny to save and a penny to spend.
Two in the middle and two at the end.

Source: Cole (1989)

Two little chickadees                  (* Two jumpers *)
Sitting on a wall.
One named Peter.                       (* Jumper1 bows     *)
One named Paul.                        (* Jumper2 bows     *)
Fly away Peter.                        (* Jumper1 exits    *)
Fly away Paul.                         (* Jumper2 exits    *)
Come back Peter.                       (* Jumper1 re-enter *)
Come back Paul.                        (* Jumper2 re-enter *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Hastings (1990)

Two little monkeys
Jumping on the bed.
One fell off
And broke his head.

Took him to the doctor
And the doctor said
That's what you get
For jumping on the bed.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Two years old
Going on three.
I wear my dress
Above my knee.

I walk in the rain.
I walk in the snow.
Its nobody's business
If I got a beau.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Up and down Jamaica Town
A house made out of glass.
I stepped into a lady's house
And there she made me laugh.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Up and down the ladder wall.
Penny loaf to feed us all.
I buy milk, you buy flour.
You shall have pepper in half an hour.         (* Calls for fast turning *)

Source: Cole (1989)

What kind of evening gown will I marry in?
Red, yellow, blue, pink, white, ...    (* Repeats until miss *)

How old will I be when I marry:
11, 12, 13, 14, ...                     (* Continues counting *)

How many children will I have?
1, 2, 3, 4, ...                         (* Continues counting *)

What kind of house will I live in?
Wood, brick, glass, marble, ...        (* Repeats until miss *)

Source: Solomon (1980), Hastings (1990)

Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?      (* Turners sing opening verses  *)
Not I took the cookie from the cookie jar.    
Then who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Number 1 took the cookie from the cookie jar.
Not I took the cookie from the cookie jar.    (* Jumper1 enters, sings alone  *)
Then who took the cookie from the cookie jar? (* All jumpers sing this        *)
Number 2 took the cookie from the cookie jar. (* Jumper1 sings alone          *)
Not I took the cookie from the cookie jar.    (* Jumper2 enters, sings alone  *)
Then who took the cookie from the cookie jar? (* All jumpers sing this        *)
Number 3 took the cookie from the cookie jar. (* Jumper2 sings alone          *)
Not I took the cookie from the cookie jar.    (* Jumper3 enters, sings alone  *)
Then who took the cookie from the cookie jar? (* All jumpers sing this        *)

                                            (* Continues until all are in   *)

                (* Before start all jumpers take numbers    *)
                (* Numbers can be called in any order       *)
                (* Jumper singing alone decides who to call *)

Source: Cano (1973)

Wire briar, limber lock.
Six geese in a flock.
One flew east.
One flew west.
One flew over
The cuckoo's nest

Source: Solomon (1980)

Yellowbelly, yellowbelly
Come and take a swim. 
Yes, by golly, yes, by golly
When the tide comes in.

Source: Abrahams (1969)

Yonder comes the teacher
With a big fat stick.
Wonder what I made
On arithmetic?
5, 10, 15, 20, ...                     (* Continues counting *)

Source: Abrahams (1969), Solomon (1980)

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