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May 27, 2014


Doreen Dotto

Interesting observation Richard. Although I would comment that street play culture is alive and well in a good many parts of North America. However, I have noticed that skipping ropes have given way to scooters and skateboards for both boys and girls. Not an activity that lends itself to rhyming chants...but I sometimes see earbuds on young riders-perhaps rap is the evolution of the street play chant?

susan baumbah

ahhh, ya take me back, richard!

in the schoolyard of st. rose of lima school (brooklyn), one girl would start jumping as we chanted, "the clock stands still while the handle goes around..." a second girl would jump in and jump around the first girl as we continued, "and it's one o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock..."

mantras and exercise--oh how i loved to jump rope.

Ann Schwartz

I remember a chant my childhood friends and I liked a lot:

On a mountain, stands a lady, who she is, I do not know.

All she wants is, gold and silver. all she wants is, nice young men.

So jump in in, my [name of next girl to jump], and jump out
my [girl currently jumping].

It only occurs to me now, as an adult what lady on the mountain did for a living.

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