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Thread #11190   Message #520900
Posted By: The Walrus
04-Aug-01 - 07:35 AM
Thread Name: Counting Songs
Subject: RE: Counting Songs
A chant rather than a song, but how about the magpie count? This is the version I knew

One for sorrow
Two for mirth
Three for a funeral (or wedding)
Four for a birth
Five for sil'er (silver)
Six is gold
Seven a tale should ne'er be told
Eight is Heaven
Nine is Hell
and Ten is the De'il in his own sel'

5-8 don't seem to quite match with the rest.