One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
DESCRIPTION: "One, two, buckle my shoe; Three, four, (open/shut) the door; Five, six, pick up sticks; Seven, eight, lay them straight...." And so forth, to ten or twenty or even beyond; there is naturally increasing variation as the numbers grow larger
EARLIEST DATE: 1805 (Songs for the Nursery, according to Opie-Oxford2)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 385, "One, two, Buckle my shoe" (1 text, plus excerpts from Bolton's text that goes all the way to thirty)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #615, p. 246, "(One, two, buckly my shoe)"
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 239-240, (no title) (1 text)
Dolby, p. 22, "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Tristram P. Coffin and Hennig Cohen, _Folklore in America: Tales, Songs, Superstitions, Proverbs, Riddles, Games, Folk Drama and Folk Festivals_, Doubleday, 1966, p. 187, "A Ball-Bouncing Game" (1 text)
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