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John MacKenzie 13 Jun 19 - 09:37 AM
GUEST,Richard Robinson 13 Jun 19 - 08:51 AM
GUEST 11 Jun 19 - 06:02 PM
GUEST,Guest Australian 15 Feb 16 - 02:46 PM
Joe Offer 19 Jul 14 - 10:17 PM
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GUEST,Scandinavian collector 18 Jul 14 - 10:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Folklore: Kids' clapping game rhyme-So macaroni
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 09:37 AM

Eena meena macka racka was discussed on here some time ago

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Kids' clapping game rhyme-So macaroni
From: GUEST,Richard Robinson
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 08:51 AM

I don't know any Brit. versions, but I know of a Swedish one - Filarfolket, a very fine Swedish band of the 80s/90s, recorded an album of kids' play songs from southern Sweden, Hönsafötter gulerötter, which has a version of this (with the "one, two, three" in English, I notice). As well as being on topic, it's a tremendous recording, great music, loads of fun. (it was rereleased on CD, but I can't see any links to that).

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Kids' clapping game rhyme-So macaroni
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 06:02 PM

In Scotland in the 80s I remember:

Oh Marie oh Marie
Oh see Tony
Wee macaroni
A-o a-o ti ti ti
A-o a-o ti ti ti
One... Two... Three...

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Kids' clapping game rhyme-So macaroni
From: GUEST,Guest Australian
Date: 15 Feb 16 - 02:46 PM

Hello, I just came across your post after searching on the net for the English version of this rhyme that I remember from my childhood in the lates 80's. I remember in Australia, we sang:

Sa Makaro Sa Ferio
mario, mario
Hey, hey, dipdipdip
Hey, hey, dipdipdip
One, Two, Three!

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Kids' clapping game rhyme-So macaroni
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jul 14 - 10:17 PM

Hi, Collector - Can't say I'm familiar With the rhyme, but I did find some interesting pages for you to check out: Please stop back and tell us more as more information comes to you.
-Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Kids' clapping game rhyme
Date: 19 Jul 14 - 04:30 PM

Similar beat to the Belgian

Guillaume, le méchant homme, qui a tué un million d'hommes,
Sa femme, la Béatrice, qui est la Reine des souris.
Elle mange des pots d'orange, et des saucisses a la sauce blanche.
Le dimanche, en robe blanche, le samedi en bikini

Possibly a memory of William the Bastard...

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Subject: Folklore: Kids' clapping game rhyme
From: GUEST,Scandinavian collector
Date: 18 Jul 14 - 10:48 AM

I have read some intereting threads here on mudcat about children's rhymes, and found some that I recognised partly from Scandinavian children I've listened to, so I thought it was worth a try with this question: There is a special rhyme that I have started collecting versions of, as many as I can find (for my own pleasure, not for research - it's more fun than stamps and takes less space). It's known here in Scandinavia as "So makaroni" or "Sam makadam" and there seem to be innumerable versions. Since some of the versions I've found remind me of English language rhymes I wonder if any of you people have an English version of this rhyme?

Here's one example of the "so makaroni" branch:

Si macaroni
marosti, marosti
Deo, deo, dippdippdipp
Deo, deo, dippdippdipp.
En, två, tre!

One example of the "Sam makadam" branch:

So mackadam, so fairy,
Mariann, Mariann,
Lion, lion, sea, sea, sea,
lion, lion, sea, sea, sea,
One, two, three!

And the version I learned as a kid, with nonsense words partly replaced by real words:

Slå makadam på färden
Marianne, Mariann
//Lejon lejon tjipp tjipp tjipp//
one, two three!

If you have this in any other language, even another SCandinavian version, please post it, I'm always happy for new versions to my collection!

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