One Potato Two Potato

DESCRIPTION: "One potato, two potato, three potato, four, Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more." Other verses, if any, may refer to all good children going to heaven, or Nellie giving cherries to the poor
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (Journal of American Folklore, according to Coffin & Cohen)
KEYWORDS: playparty food nonballad children
FOUND IN: US(MW,SE) Britain(Scotland) Ireland Canada
REFERENCES (3 citations):
ADDITIONAL: Tristram P. Coffin and Hennig Cohen, _Folklore in America: Tales, Songs, Superstitions, Proverbs, Riddles, Games, Folk Drama and Folk Festivals_, Doubleday, 1966, p. 190, "(One, Two Three)" (1 text)
Edith Fowke, _Red Rover, Red Rover: Children's Games Played in Canada_, p. 17, "One Potato, Two Potato" (1 text with description of how it is used as a counting rhyme)
Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, _A Guide to Australian Folklore_, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 77, "(One potato, two potato" (1 text

Roud #19230
File: CoCo190

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