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Sally Wan

Sally wan, rhyme / [unidentified six-year-old boy], speech in English

Sally wan, rhyme / [unidentified six-year-old boy], speech in English

Sally Wan, Sally Wan sat in the sand
Mourning and weeping and can’t get a man
‘Rise up Sally dry your tears
Choose to the East and choose to the West
And choose to the very one you love best.’

These two couples are married in joy
First a girl and then a boy
Seven years past and seven years gone
‘Kiss your couple and then you’re gone.’

Notes from Hugh Shields

See A Gomme’s The traditional games of England, Scotland and Ireland (vol 2, 1964:46–62;  W Jekyll’s Jamaican song and story (1966:90) [first ed. 1907].