Green Grow The Rushes, Oh! (II -- Singing Game)
DESCRIPTION: "Green grow the rushes, oh! (x2), Kiss her quick and let her go, Never mind the weather if the wind don't blow." "Though she wears a checkered gown, He and she must both kneel down...." "Give her a kiss and send her away."
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Linscott)
KEYWORDS: playparty courting nonballad
FOUND IN: US(NE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Linscott, pp. 11-13, "Green Grow the Rushes, Oh!" (1 text, 1 tune)
Newell, #7, "Green Grow the Rushes, O!" (1 short text, probably this)
NOTES: Linscott describes this as a kissing game, and seems to link it to the "Green Grows the Laurel" family. In fact it seems to partake of many other songs ("Green Grow the Rushes," "Hop High Ladies," etc.), and the mix is complex enough that I gave it its own entry. Newell's text is some sort of ring game, much shorter, but since it's a singing game with a "Green grow the rushes" line, it seemed best to file it here. Roud seems to have a different set of song divisions. - RBW
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