SItting in a Tree (K-I-S-S-I-N-G, First Comes Love, Dick and Jane)
DESCRIPTION: "Dick and Jane [or any other boy and girl] SItting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, First comes love, then comes marriage, Then comes (something) with a baby carriage."
EARLIEST DATE: 1970 (Carey)
KEYWORDS: playparty courting baby marriage
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Carey-MarylandFolkloreLife, p. 81, "(no title)" (1 short text)
NOTES: I seem vaguely to remember this chant from... somewhere... so I have included it here. Considering how few traditional rhymes I learned from tradition, I would imagine it is very common -- but it rarely seems to be cited, perhaps because the names are always changing. In my experience, it's used to tease: children too young to be interested in the opposite sex use it to harass the children who are interested. - RBW
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