Mudcat Café message #1410697 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78391   Message #1410697
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
15-Feb-05 - 01:46 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: London Bridge Is Falling Down
Subject: RE: London Bridge is Falling Down
Actually, although pounds were kept in the game (rather than dollars), our version starts with a very Appalachian line:

London's bridge is washed away
Dance round, you ladies all;
London's bridge is washed away,
To my heigh....get out of the way!

Talking about our steep hills and narrow hollers (hollows) where almost every rain could wash out the footlog, or swinging bridge across the branches and rivers. Our tune is quite different from the others, with sort of a merry skipping rhythm.