Mudcat Café message #2667095 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78391   Message #2667095
Posted By: GUEST,mayomick
29-Jun-09 - 10:27 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: London Bridge Is Falling Down
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: London Bridge Is Falling Down
Sam Henry said in his introduction to an Irish version of the song that the building of bridges was associated with magical and religious rites going back to pagan times - from which came the pope's title "pontiff".
I always remember it as being a grizzly sort of game . Kids in two lines would face each other ,cross their arms and hold hands with another child opposite to form a tunnel. At the end of the song a victim would stoop and run through this tunnel of crossed arms while the kids above chanted :
Here comes a candle to light you to bed
Here comes the hangman to chop off your head
Chip Chop , Chip chop