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Posted By: Azizi
25-Mar-05 - 07:18 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: RE: Origins: History of Go Tell Aunt Rhody
This discussion is fascinating!

I had a paper back copy of Tempi Cummins
Narative that I got from a used store, but somehow misplaced it.
I'm glad to see that it is online.

I'm wondering about another portion of this song.

Dicho's post of 22 Oct 01 - 12:53 AM mentions these lines from "Go Tell Aunt Dinah" [Version from Alabama, recorded by Lomax on his 1939 Southern Collecting Trip.]

Walkin' round dat green tree, walkin' round dat green tree
Walkin' round dat green tree, de ole grey goose is dead.


These might have been an add-on from another song-who will ever know?!

But I'm wondering does anything think that there's a connection between these words and the words "walking on the green grass?" that are found in folk songs & children's rhymes?

See this short thread A Sailor Boy in which a copy of versions of this song include these words:

"We go walking on the green grass, thus, thus, thus,
Come all you pretty fair maids..."

Also I found mention of "walking on the green grass" in a post in the Children's Street Song threads.

[I apologize if I should not have reposted it without permission]

Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Alice - PM
Date: 06 Mar 98 - 11:48 PM

I remember being at a birthday party when I was about 7, and the mother of the birthday girl was from the Southern US. She taught us a game we played at the party that was two lines of girls walking back and forth, towards and then away from each other. The song was "Walkin' on the green grass, green grass, green grass, Walkin' on the green grass, Rat-ta-tat-ta-tee-i-oh."
What are you doin that for, that for, etc.
We're goin' to get married, married, etc.
Who ya gonna marry, marry, etc.
We're gonna marry, XXX, XXX, etc.
Then the chosen girl would go over to the other side. Anyone else hear of this one? I always connected it to the South, because this mom had a southern drawl, which seemed really exotic in Montana...

Also, it just occurred to me to ask does this "walking on the green grass" floating verse have anything to do with the 'Green Gravel' songs?