See, See, My Playmate
DESCRIPTION: "See, see, my playmate Come out and play with me Under the apple tree." Bring your dollies, slide down the drainpipe or my rainbow, into the cellar door. We'll be friends forever more.
EARLIEST DATE: 1980 (Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: playparty friend
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North)) US(SW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Game 148, "See, See, My Playmate" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Janet M. Cliff, "On Relationships between Folk Music and Folk Games" in Western Folklore, Vol. LI, No. 2 (Apr 1992 (available online by JSTOR)), p. 136 ("Say, say, oh playmate, come out and play with me") (1 text, 1 tune) [citing Carol Merrill-Mirsky, "Girls' Handclapping Games in Three Los Angeles Schools" in _Yearbook for Traditional Music_ 18 (1986)]
NOTES: Opie-Game: "The words of this clapping game have not drifted very far from its source, the popular song 'Playmates', words and music by Saxie Dowell, 1940: Play-mate -- come out and play with me..."
Dowell's lyrics begin, "Oh, playmates, come out and play with me, And bring your dollies three. Climb up my apple tree. Look down my rain barrel, slide down my cellar door, And we'll be jolly friends forevermore (source: Rammstein UK site). - BS
I'm also reminded of the song "I Don't Want to Play In Your Yard," reportedly written in 1894 by Philip Wingate (words) and H. W. Petrie (music), according to p. 274 of Spaeth's A History of Popular Music in America.: the fussy singer doesn't want to holler down the rain barel or climb the apple tree. - RBW
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