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Counting and Skipping

COUNTING AND SKIPPING PLAYLIST

“Any rhyme with a good beat can be used for skipping, but some of these ones have been specially invented for that purpose. Usually skipping rhymes end with a number series (which may go on indefinitely). Counting plays a big part in children’s verses, and many of their games require counting-out rhymes. But numbers are not essential for counting out. Not even sense is necessary, and the metre of the verse is all that really matters. So we get in English, such pleasant nonsense as A rah chickapa, and in Irish the same sort of thing in Lúra beag, used for a fireside counting game.” — Hugh Shields, 1971

Enjoy the 32 recordings in the Counting and Skipping Playlist and/or Return to the Songbook for more detailed information on each item. Please note the Songbook may contain extra songs and rhymes which Hugh and Lisa documented only in writing and no sound file exists.

Counting and Skipping Songbook
Now playing: One, two, three, four, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English
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  1. One, two, three, four, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

    One, two, three, four, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

  2. One two, buckle my shoe / Eileen Keaney, speech in English

    One two, buckle my shoe / Eileen Keaney, speech in English

  3. Three, six, nine, rhyme / David Tracey, speech in English

    Three, six, nine, rhyme / David Tracey, speech in English

  4. Have a cigarette sir, rhyme / Michael Shields, speech in English

    Have a cigarette sir, rhyme / Michael Shields, speech in English

  5. Twenty, eighteen, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

    Twenty, eighteen, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

  6. Teacher, teacher with a stick, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Joan Smith, speech in English

    Teacher, teacher with a stick, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Joan Smith, speech in English

  7. I saw teacher sitting on a window, rhyme / Ann Clarke, speech in English

    I saw teacher sitting on a window, rhyme / Ann Clarke, speech in English

  8. All in together, girls, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, speech in English

    All in together, girls, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, speech in English

  9. Cinderella, dressed in yellow, rhyme / [six girls from Magilligan], speech in English

    Cinderella, dressed in yellow, rhyme / [six girls from Magilligan], speech in English

  10. Tilly on the telephone, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

    Tilly on the telephone, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

  11. The rippo, the rappo, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

    The rippo, the rappo, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

  12. Little Minnie, rhyme / Ann Clarke, speech in English

    Little Minnie, rhyme / Ann Clarke, speech in English

  13. Jelly on the plate, rhyme / Marion Cunning & Hilda McCloskey, speech in English

    Jelly on the plate, rhyme / Marion Cunning & Hilda McCloskey, speech in English

  14. As I was in the kitchen, rhyme / Bill Carson, speech in English

    As I was in the kitchen, rhyme / Bill Carson, speech in English

  15. Bluebells, cockleshells, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

    Bluebells, cockleshells, rhyme / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

  16. I had a little motor car, rhyme / Margaret Osborne, Helen Osborne and [various performers], speech in English

    I had a little motor car, rhyme / Margaret Osborne, Helen Osborne and [various performers], speech in English

  17. 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

  18. Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, song / Ursula O’Hara, singing in English

    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, song / Ursula O’Hara, singing in English

  19. Eena, meena, macka, rocka, rhyme / Ann Clarke, speech in English

    Eena, meena, macka, rocka, rhyme / Ann Clarke, speech in English

  20. A rah chickapa, rhyme / Norah Shields, speech in English

    A rah chickapa, rhyme / Norah Shields, speech in English

  21. Eetle attle bluebottle, rhyme / Norah Shields, speech in English

    Eetle attle bluebottle, rhyme / Norah Shields, speech in English

  22. Lúra beag, saying / Eileen Keaney, speech in Irish

    Lúra beag, saying / Eileen Keaney, speech in Irish

  23. My name is L I L I, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

    My name is L I L I, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

  24. Flowers in the garden, rhyme / Raymond Crowley, speech in English

    Flowers in the garden, rhyme / Raymond Crowley, speech in English

  25. Jelly on the plate, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

    Jelly on the plate, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

  26. Wee Willie lost his marley, song / Linda Carson & Ruth Carson, singing in English

    Wee Willie lost his marley, song / Linda Carson & Ruth Carson, singing in English

  27. Bluebells, cockleshells, song / Ruth Carson, singing in English

    Bluebells, cockleshells, song / Ruth Carson, singing in English

  28. One, two, three, my granny had a flea, rhyme / Linda Carson, speech in English

    One, two, three, my granny had a flea, rhyme / Linda Carson, speech in English

  29. Mammy in the kitchen, rhyme / David Tracey, speech in English

    Mammy in the kitchen, rhyme / David Tracey, speech in English

  30. Granny in the kitchen, rhyme / Linda Carson & Ruth Carson, singing in English

    Granny in the kitchen, rhyme / Linda Carson & Ruth Carson, singing in English

  31. A sailor went to sea sea sea, song / Linda Carson, singing in English

    A sailor went to sea sea sea, song / Linda Carson, singing in English

  32. Teddy bear, teddy bear, song / Carol Carson, singing in English

    Teddy bear, teddy bear, song / Carol Carson, singing in English