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“Rosy Apple, Lemon, & a Pear”


Description from ChickyD aka Debra: English playground song.
Rosy apple, lemon and a pear,
A bunch of roses she shall wear.
A sword and a pistol by her side,
Who shall be her bride?
Take her by the lily-white hand.
Lead her across the water.
Blow her a kiss and say good-bye.
She's the captain's daughter.


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  1. CAS
    CAS says:

    Oh so pretty!!! Instant favorite! Beautiful Chicky D, simply beautiful!

  2. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    very pretty! :D

  3. Michelle Downy Chick
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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Oh so pretty….Very interesting song!!

  5. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    It’s an old playground song from the north of England. It’s a circle game with a “London-bridge-y” section. My 3rd-graders love to play it. It also has a lovely, catchy melody.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    I just love these colors together…right into my favorites!

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Very neat!! A side note….As a kid, I hated the the London Bridge song….Kids would sing it to tease me :(

  8. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    I’m sorry. It’s a very pretty game to watch because of the moving circle.

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    I love the colors – the Rhodochrosite is a neat surprise with yellowy-greens! Nice job!

    How did you hear of the song/game? Sounds like something my daughter would like!

  10. Karen H aka Fancy Chick
    Karen H aka Fancy Chick says:

    Cool pick!

  11. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    There’s a gal at Texas Tech who has researched playground songs of England and Scotland. I’m a music teacher with my Kodaly certification. We use folk songs and games to teach music literacy. This song is from one of her workshops. It’s a rich heritage. A lot of these playground songs/games are from the ’40′s and ’50′s. She’s researching Italian song’s and games now. She spent all last summer in Italy.

  12. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What a lovely pick, Debra! Thanks for the info about the song, too — very interesting. :-)

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Very interesting!! Promoting music literacy?!? Is this music class, or something in addition???

  14. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Great pick! and I love the idea of promoting the musical side of heritage.
    When my kids were little, in grade school, I participated in a program called Storytelling. We would come to the school and narrate a story/book to entertain the classes and encourage reading. (The kids loved The Texas Night Before Christmas.) :-)
    Some of them still remember the fun story telling time even tho’ they are all adults now.
    I bet you are making great memories for these lucky children!

  15. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    My goal as an elementary music teacher is, first of all, to teach kids to love music,and second, to teach them to independently sight-sing. The Kodaly method is a sequentially-based way to teach kids to read music using our rich heritage of folk songs. I use the elements in the folk songs to bridge over into art music also. I’m lucky enough to see my students every day for 27 minutes. As a result, they sing really well. I love doing it!

  16. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Lucky lady to be doing what you love, and lucky kids to have you teach them! :-)

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Wow!! Everyday??? What grades do you teach? It sounds so interesting!! I’m not sure if I have ever heard of Kodaly???? Our elementary music teacher is awesome too! She does a lot of Orf (not sure of sp.). A couple of years back, she put together an ORF ensemble and the kids came in early to practice. It was phenomenal.

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