One O'Clock the Gun Went Off One o'clock! the gun went off, I cannot stay no longer, If I do, my ma will say I play with the boys up yonder; My stockings red, my garters blue, My boots all bound with silver, A red, red rose upon my breast And a gold ring on my finger. Heigh ho! for Lizzie, O; My bonnie Lizzie, O; If I had but one to choose, I'd choose my bonnie Lizzie, O. ________________________________________________________ Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 149, with music; from Gorgie school, Edinburgh. A line song, i.e. the players stand with their backs to a wall, a leader in front of them; at the fourth line she chooses another, and they swing round and round; at the close of the song the girls change places, and the game is resumed. "The first part of the air is adapted from `Will you Come to the Bower?'; the second from `How many miles to Babylon?'" A rather similar version in Ritchie Singing Street (1964), 14, Edinburgh, a pre-1914 skipping song. Cf. "My Delight's in Tansies". MS
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