Mudcat Café message #1410085 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78391   Message #1410085
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
14-Feb-05 - 10:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: London Bridge Is Falling Down
Subject: RE: London Bridge is Falling Down
In our version there's a whole section about what to do with the prisoner once he/she is caught when the hands come down: I'll give the form we used in first vs given here:

Here's a prisoner we have caught
(Dance round, you ladies all)
Here's a prisoner we have caught
(To my heigh....get out of the way!)

What's the prisoner done to you?
Stole my watch and broke my chain.

Then off to prison he must go,
How much will it take to set him free?

A hundred pounds will set him free.
A hundred pounds I have not got

(Spoken: Throw him in! Which way will you go?
His choices are whispered to him- he makes a choice and goes behind
his leader- one of the two holding him, and waits there until all
are caught and have joined one of the lines. Then, each child holds
to the waist of the one in front of him, and the two lines have
their tug-o-war).