Take Your Lover in the Rine
DESCRIPTION: "My old mistress promised me, Before she died she would set me free, Take your lover in the ring, I don't care (x2)." "Now she's dead... I hope the devil will burn her well. Take your lover...." "It's a golden ring." "It's a silver ring."
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (RIng Games of American Children, according to Coffin & Cohen)
KEYWORDS: playparty nonballad slave freedom ring
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Tristram P. Coffin and Hennig Cohen, _Folklore in America: Tales, Songs, Superstitions, Proverbs, Riddles, Games, Folk Drama and Folk Festivals_, Doubleday, 1966, p. 183, "Take Your Lover in the Ring" (1 text)
cf. "My Old Missus Promised Me" (floating lyrics)
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