King of the Castle
DESCRIPTION: "I, William of the Wastle, Am now in my castle, And a' the dogs in the town Winna gae me gang down." Or, more simply, "I'm king of the castle, you're the little rascal."
EARLIEST DATE: 1680 (FLetcher, The Perfect Politician, according to the Opies)
KEYWORDS: playparty home
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Newell, #111, "Defence of the Castle" (1 text)
Opie-Oxford2 287, "I'm the king of the castle" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #76 n. 20, pp. 81-82, "(I'm the King of the Castle)"
ADDITIONAL: Edith Fowke, _Red Rover, Red Rover: Children's Games Played in Canada_, p. 72, "King of the Castle" (a description of the game without text)
cf. "Sic a Wife as Willie Had (Willie Wastle)" (character?)
NOTES: We played this as a game when I was young, using the "I'm king of the castle, you're the little rascal" form. The idea was to dislodge the castle-keeper from the designated castle. I cannot remember what rules, if any, there were for how one went about doing that. - RBW
Last updated in version 4.0
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.