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GUEST,Ewan McVicar Origins: Children's Rhymes & Folk Songs&Tunes (21) RE: Origins: Children's Rhymes & Folk Songs&Tunes 19 Aug 07

Hi Azizi
I've thought a lot about sources for these kinds of rhymes. The Opies in The Singing Game identify quite a few, of course. My book about Scots kids songs has quite a few more, but it is hard to identify specific sources, often as you show above a phrase is snatched from a song or TV commercial, and gets incorporated in various assemblages of verses. I have indicated many of the tunes that were used, and for others the key phrases show what original is being worked from. Your 'gigalo' version looks like it relates to the old Scots Jingo Ring, which I treat in detail, but without getting to any sensible source of clear meaning for the key phrases 'jingo ring' and 'merry matanzie'. 'Here we go round the Jingo Ring, round about merry matanzie'.

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