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Thread #100807   Message #2468704
Posted By: Azizi
17-Oct-08 - 07:08 PM
Thread Name: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
Subject: RE: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
In my 01 Jun 08 - 11:09 AM post to this thread I wondered "out loud" whether there might be any connection between Gigalo and this English folk song "Gently Johnny My Jingalo".

However, I think the likelihood of that connection is poor to none.

I've another theory to present:

There may be no way of ever finding out, but I wonder if the American children's rhyme/cheer "Gigalo" {"Jigalo"} might have come from the British {and other countries'?} children's handclap rhyme "High Low Jackalo" {"High Low Piccalo"}. And then I'm wondering if "High Low Jackalo" might have come from a commonly sung verse of the old American folk song "Old Joe Clark".

Here's the pertinent verse to "Old Joe Clark" that I'm referring to:

Old Joe Clark, the preacher's son,
Preached all over the plain,
The only text he ever knew
Was "high low jack and the game".



So, according to my theory, both of these children's playground rhymes would have their source in a line which refers to a card game.

I know very little about cards. Can anyone tell me which game or games of cards "high low jack" or "high low jack and the game" refer to? .

I'd love to have feedback on this theory about that line from "Old Joe Clark" being a source for these children's rhymes.