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Dusty Bluebells

Dusty bluebells, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

Dusty bluebells, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

In and out goes the dusty bluebells
In and out goes the dusty bluebells
In and out goes the dusty bluebells
You are the master

Tapper-rapper-rapper on your shoulders
Tapper-rapper-rapper on your shoulders
Tapper-rapper-rapper on your shoulders
You are the master.

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Db Item 028 Musictr

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Notes from Hugh Shields

Sung to play by a group of six young Magilligan girls.“Dusky bluebells” are probably in question. Other references to “the dusting bluebells” are found in L Daiken’s Children’s games throughout the year (1949:154), JTR Ritchie’s Golden City (1965:164). In 1972, David Hammond (BBC N Ireland) adopted “Dusty bluebells” as the title of a TV film on street games in Belfast.