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Posted By: GUEST,Paul Burke
18-Jul-07 - 03:20 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Crocodile crocodile ..kids game.
Subject: RE: Folklore: Crocodile crocodile ..kids game.
Pendlebury UK, 1920s onwards (from my mother):

Farmer, farmer, may I cross your field?

Only if you're wearing (colour).


Obviously massively open to discrimination and favouritism, but kids don't seem bothered about such possibilities. We used to believe dipping was fair.

Here's another crocodile song (verse of "down at the station"):

Down at the riverside,
Early in the morning,
See the little crocodiles
Swimming to and fro,
See the little children
Jump in the water-
Snap! snap! gulp! gulp!
Down you go!