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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
23-Feb-07 - 08:14 PM
Thread Name: Query: Peggy Seeger's London Bridge
Subject: Lyr. Add: London's Bridge Is A-Burning Down
I should have looked in Duncan Emrich's fine book on American Folk Poetry. There was the Emma Dusenbury song from Arkansas.

Lyr. Add: LONDON'S BRIDGE IS A-BURNING DOWN
Lib. Congress AFS Record 865 A1, Lomax and Powell

1.
London's bridge is a-burning down,
Oh, girls, remember me.
London's bridge is a-burning down,
For the prettiest girl I know.
2.
Choose you one as we march around,
Oh, girls, remember me,
Choose you one as we march around,
Of the prettiest girls I know.
3.
Hug her neat and kiss her sweet,
Oh, girls, remember me,
Hug her nice and kiss her twice
For the prettiest girl I know.
4.
London's bridge is a-burning down
Oh, girls, remember me,
London's bridge is a-burning down,
For the prettiest girl I know.
5.
Choose you one as we march around,
Oh, girls, remember me,
Choose you one as we march around,
Of the prettiest girls I know.
6.
Take her by the right hand, tell her how you love her,
Oh, girls, remember me,
Take her by the right hand, tell her how you love her,
For the prettiest girl I know.
7.
Hug her neat and kiss her sweet,
Oh, girls, remember me,
Hug her nice and kiss her twice
For the prettiest girl I know.

p. 47, Duncan Emrich, 1974, "American Folk Poetry, An Anthology." Little, Brown and Company, Boston-Toronto.