Marching Round the Gum Stump (Marching Round the Fodder Stack)
DESCRIPTION: "Marching round the gum stump, The gum stump, the gum stump, Marching round the gum stump, Rolly roly oh!" "If you want a sweetheart, A sweetheart, a sweetheart, If you want a sweetheart, Choose one and play."
EARLIEST DATE: 1942 (Randolph)
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Randolph 591, "Marching Round the Gum Stump" (1 text)
NOTES: I have this vague feeling that this is based on, or at least incorporates fragments of, a wren song. But I can hardly prove it.... - RBW
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