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Old Roger is Dead

Old Roger is dead, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

Old Roger is dead, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

Old Roger is dead and he lies in his grave
Lies in his grave, lies in his grave
Old Roger is dead and he lies in his grave
Y    -    O    -    U

There grew an old apple tree over his head
Over his head, over his head
There grew an old apple tree over his head
Y    -    O    -    U

The apples got ripe and they all fell off
All fell off, all fell off
The apples got ripe and they all fell off
Y    -    O    -    U

There came an old woman picking them up
Picking them up, picking them up
There came an old woman picking them up
Y    -    O    -    U

Old Roger got up and he hit her a kick
Hit her a kick, hit her a kick
Old Roger got up and he hit her a kick
Y    -    O    -    U

Then the old woman went hippety-hop
Hippety-hop, hippety-hop
Then the old woman went hippety-hop
Y    -    O    -    U

Old Roger got up and he helped her to walk
Helped her to walk, helped her to walk
Old Roger got up and he helped her to walk
Y    -   O    -    U.

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Db Item 036 Musictr

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Picture For No 36

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Notes from Hugh Shields

Sung to play by a group of six young Magilligan girls [?]. The last verse looks like an intrusion of adult morality. See A Gomme’s The traditional games of England, Scotland and Ireland (vol 2, 1964:16–24).