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Oranges and Lemons

This is a game based around an old English children's song, called 'Oranges and Lemons', about the sounds of church bells in various parts of London.

This is how it is played:Two children form an arch with their arms. They determine in secret which of them shall be an 'orange' and which a 'lemon'.

Everyone sings the 'Oranges and Lemons' song (see below). The other children in the game, take turns to run under the arch until one of them is caught when the arch falls at the end of the song. The captured player is asked privately whether they will be an 'orange' or a 'lemon' and then goes behind the original 'orange' or 'lemon' team leader. The game and singing then starts over again. At the end of the game there is usually 'a tug of war' to test whether the 'oranges' or 'lemons' are stronger. 

The game is similar to 'London Bridge is Falling Down'.

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement's.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin's.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I'm sure I don't know,
Says the great bell at Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
Here comes a chopper to chop off your head. 

Gay go up and gay go down, to ring the bells of London town.
"Oranges and Lemons" say the bells of St. Clements.
"Bull's eyes and targets" say the bells of St. Margaret's.
"Brickbats and tiles" say the bells of St. Giles'.
"Halfpence and farthings" say the bells of St. Martin's.
"Pancakes and fritters" say the bells of St. Peter's.
"Two sticks and an apple" say the bells of Whitechapel.
"Pokers and tongs" say the bells of St. John's.
"Kettles and pans" say the bells of St. Ann's.
"Old Father Baldpate" say the slow bells of Aldgate.
"You owe me ten shillings," say the bells of St. Helen's
"When will you pay me?" say the bells of Old Bailey.
"When I grow rich," say the bells of Shoreditch.
"Pray when will that be?" say the bells of Stepney.
"I do not know" say the great bell of Bow.
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
Here comes a chopper to chop off your head.
Chip chop, chip chop, the last man's dead.

Oranges and Lemons

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Data di composizione di questa  pagina: 21 gennaio 2004 - terminata 9 dicembre 2005

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