Five to My Five

DESCRIPTION: "Five to my five is twenty-five, Six to my five is thirty, Seven to my five's thirty-five, Eight to m' five is forty." "Nine to my five is forty-five, Ten to my five is fifty, Eleven to my five is fifty-five, Twelve to my five is sixty."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1980 (Rosenbaum)
KEYWORDS: nonballad playparty
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Rosenbaum, p. 230, "Five to my five" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Roud #16255
NOTES: The notes in Rosenbaum describe this as a playparty, but I wonder if it didn't begin life as a teaching song covering the multiples of five. Although Rosenbaum's version (from Howard Finster) has only two verses, covering the numbers from five times five to twelve times five, one has to suspect there was originally a verse telling us something like "One to my five is still just five, Two to my five makes ten. Three to my five it is fifteen, Four to my five is twenty." - RBW
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File: Rose230

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