Mudcat Café message #3077148 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11034   Message #3077148
Posted By: EBarnacle
18-Jan-11 - 11:20 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: One Two Three O'Lairy (Count Basie, 1940)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One-Two-Three-O'Lairy (Count Basie 1940)
When I was a kid in Hoboken, NJ, the rhyme was:
1, 2, 3, a-lairy,
I spy Mistress Mary,
Sitting on a bumbleairy...
Looking at Ewan's 1999 post suggests to me that a-lairy might be a corruption of all awry. Any other thoughts?