Down in the Meadow (Down in the Valley II)

DESCRIPTION: Singing game/skipping rhyme "Down in the (meadow/valley) where the green grass grows," a girl shines like a rose (or hangs out her clothes). She and a young man court (and marry)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1894 (Gomme)
KEYWORDS: playparty courting
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(MA,MW,SE)
REFERENCES (11 citations):
Greig/Duncan8 1575, "Down in Yon Meadow" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Opie/Opie-TheSingingGame 20, "Down by the Riverside" (6 texts, 1 tune)
Montgomerie/Montgomerie-ScottishNurseryRhymes 59, "Skipping (Down in the Valley)" (1 text)
Behan-IrelandSings, #25, "Down in Yonder Meadow" (1 text, 1 tune, modified)
Morris-FolksongsOfFlorida, #126, "Down in the Valley Where the Green Grass Grows" (1 text)
Carey-MarylandFolkloreAndFolklife, p. 78, "(no title)" (1 text)
Byington/Goldstein-TwoPennyBallads, p. 116, "(no title, filed under "Rope Jumping")" (1 text)
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, (Joan McCaskill, collector), "Rope-Skipping Games", Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jun 1948), p. 12, "(Down in the Meadow)" (1 text)
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, Teri John, "A Collection of Jump Rope Rhymes," Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Apr 1973), p. 16, "(Down by the river where the green grass grows" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Richard M. Dorson, _Buying the Wind: Regional Folklore in the United States_, University of Chicago Press, 1964, p. 386, "(no title)" (1 short text)
Tristram P. Coffin and Hennig Cohen, _Folklore in America: Tales, Songs, Superstitions, Proverbs, Riddles, Games, Folk Drama and Folk Festivals_, Doubleday, 1966, p. 189, "A Political Jump Rope Rhyme" (1 text, with references to Kennedy and Nixon rather than courting, collected 1960)

Roud #12967
NOTES [45 words]: Opie/Opie-TheSingingGame: "Although the precise source ... may never be known, the words probably stem from an Arcadian song such as 'The Wars are all O'er', which appears on a slip sheet in our possession printed in the 1770's." See "I Wish the Wars Were All Over." - BS
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