Mudcat Café message #1433719 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #21219   Message #1433719
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
13-Mar-05 - 01:22 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ring-a-ring-of-roses
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ring-a-ring-of-roses
Thanks for the 'fishes' verse which is not in Opies' "The Singing Game." It shows that the rhyme is still adding variants.

Associating the plague with this 19th c. singing game, however, is nonsense, as has been shown here in more than one thread. Twentieth-century mythologists, as the Opies' call them, are responsible for this fiction.