Fingers and Thumbs
DESCRIPTION: In an optional introduction the "characters" say they stand or sit together. "Two thumbs keep moving" "Two thumbs, four fingers keep moving" "Two thumbs, four fingers, one head ...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Smith)
KEYWORDS: cumulative nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Williams-Thames, p. 79, "Three Jolly Bachelors" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 506)
ADDITIONAL: Caroline Smith ("Aunt Carrie"), Popular Pastimes for Field and Fireside (Springfield, 1867 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 236-237, "Fingers and Thumbs" (1 text, 1 tune)
The Jolly Miller
NOTES: Smith writes that the cumulative line part in this game "must be sung on one note, as in chants [one breath?]..."
The person selected to commence this game must arrange all the players in a cicle .... Each must follow the motions of the leader, and join him in singing." - BS
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