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Policeman Policeman Don’t Take Me

Policeman, policeman, don’t take me, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

Policeman, policeman, don’t take me, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

'Policeman policeman
Don’t take me
For I have a wife
And a family’
‘How many children have you got?’
‘Twenty-four’
‘That’s a lot!'
One, two, three, four… twenty-four
The ma’s getting married to the man next door.

Notes from Hugh Shields

Very well known in Dublin as a skipping rhyme. Other examples may be found in L Daiken’s Children’s games throughout the year (1949:69) and Out goes she (1963:27); cf N Douglas, London street games (1931:29).