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Old Roger

(The italicized responsive should be chanted in a lilting tone, as suits each line.)

Old Roger is dead and laid in his grave.

Laid in his grave, laid in his grave.
Old Roger is dead and laid in his grave,
Aha! Laid in his grave.

They planted an apple tree over his head,

Over his head, over his head.
They planted an apple tree over his head,
Aha! Over his head.

The apples grew ripe and ready to fall,

Ready to fall, ready to fall.
The apples grew ripe and ready to fall,
Aha! Ready to fall.

There came an old woman to pick them all,

To pick them all, to pick them all.
There came an old woman to pick them all,
Aha! To pick them all.

Old Roger jumped up and gave her a knock,

Gave her a knock, gave her a knock.
Old Roger jumped up and gave her a knock,
Aha! Gave her a knock.

It made the old woman go hippety-hop,

Go hippety-hop, go hippety-hop.
It made the old woman go hippety-hop,
Aha! Go hippety-hop.

Old Roger they say is buried and dead,

Buried and dead, buried and dead.
Old Roger they say is buried and dead,
Aha! Buried and dead.
Old English Rhyme
from Children's Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms (McFarland Pub.) 1983 by Gloria T. Delamar

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