Fire on the Mountain, Run, Run, Run
DESCRIPTION: Singing game, with text "Fire on the mountain, run, run, run."
EARLIEST DATE: c.1825 (_Mother Goose's Quarto_, according to Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: playparty nonballad floatingverses
FOUND IN: US(MW) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Creighton/Senior, pp. 260, "Fire on the Mountain, Run, Run, Run" (1 extremely short text)
Opie-Game 77, "Fire on the Mountains" (4 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Carl Van Doren, "Some Play-Party Songs from Eastern Illinois" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XXXII, No. 126 (Oct 1919 (available online by JSTOR)), #16 p. 493 "Fire On the Mountain" (1 text)
NOTES: Piper has a two-line fragment, "Cat in the creamer, run, boys, run, Fire on the mountains, fun, boys, fun," with the chorus of "Jim Along Josie" (source: Edwin F. Piper, "Some Play-Party Games of the Middle West" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XXVIII, No. 109 (Jul 1915 (available online by JSTOR)), #6.B p. 268 "Hi, Come Along!"). Van Doren's first verse is "Fire on the mountain, run, boys, run!" (3x) "Hey, jim along, jim along Josie!"
Ford's text to "King Henry" is "King Henry, King Henry, Run, boys, run; You with the red coat, Follow with the drum." (source: Robert Ford, Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories (Paisley, 1904 (2nd edition, "Digitized by Google")), p. 77, "King Henry"; see also, Robert Craig Maclagan, The Games and Diversions of Argyleshire (London, 1901 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 216-217, "King Henry"). - BS
Roud in fact lumps this with "Jim Along Josie." I suspect, however, that this should be considered a floating verse. - RBW
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