Counting rhymes exploiting crows and magpies



(from The Folklore of Birds, by Laura C. Martin, 1993)

One for sorrow, two for mirth,
Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret not to be told.
Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
And ten for the devil's own sel'.



One for sorrow,
two for joy,
three for a girl,
for for a boy,
five for silver,
six for gold,
seven for a secret,
never to be told,
eight for a wish,
nine for a kiss,
ten for a time
of joyous bliss.



(from The Dictionary of Superstitions published by Oxford University Press)

One for sorrow,
two for mirth,
three for a wedding,
four for birth,
five for rich,
six for poor,
Seven for a witch,
I can tell you no more.



One crow sorrow,
Two crows mirth,
three, a wedding,
four, a birth,
five brings silver,
six takes wealth,
seven crows a secret,
More I can nae tell.



One for sadness, two for mirth;
Three for marriage, four for birth;
Five for laughing, six for crying:
Seven for sickness, eight for dying;
Nine for silver, ten for gold;
Eleven a secret that will never be told.



counting rhyme exploiting potatoes:

one potato
two potato
three potato
four

five potato
six potato
seven potato
more...



counting rhymes exploiting native americans:

One little, two little, three little Indians
Four little, five little, six little Indians
Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians
Ten little Indian boys.


here's another version...


counting rhymes exploiting undead psycho killers:

one, two, freddy's coming for you
three, four, better lock the door
five, six, grab a crucifix
seven, eight, better stay up late
nine, ten, never sleep again...
Another bird one, kinda:

Intry, mintry, cutry, corn
Apple seed and apple thorn
Wire, briar, limber, lock
Five geese in a flock
One flew east, one flew west,
and one flew over the cuckoo's nest
Out, with a dirty dishcloth, out!


Bubble gum, bubble gum, in a dish
How many pieces do you wish?
1, 2, 3 (up to the number answered by whoever was pointed at for the above question)


Engine, engine number nine,
Goin' down Chicago line,
If the train should jump the track,
Do you want your money back?
(depending on the answer, either:)
Y-E-S spells 'Yes' and you are it!
(or:)
N-O spells 'No' and you are not it!

One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, close the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, close the gate
Nine, ten, home again

Or something like that...

Oh damn, someone noded this already. (Go to full)
Forgive me polyfather for I have sinned. It has been over 6 weeks since my last w/u.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

This writeup was originally called Counting-out rhyme


A short, rhythmical, often nonsensical verse designed to choose someone or something from a group. Counting-out rhymes are a living tradition among children to this day, a part of their own oral literature.

Counting-out rhymes are usually used for games where one person is needed to do an unpopular task, such as being IT, or they are used in the opposite way - to select one by one all those who are not it. Rhythm and rhyme are more important than meaning, and the rhymes are fun to recite and tend to have a good sound. They are often accompanied by complicated and elaborate rules. No child doubts the fairness of a counting-out rhyme, or the seriousness by which it should be performed.

Here is a small fraction of all counting-out rhymes that the world is full of:

Eeny, meeny, miney, mo.
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers, let him go.
Eeny, meeny, miney, mo.
Often followed by
My mother told me you are not it you dirty old dishrag you.
or
My mother says to pick this very one.

Scout scout you're out.

My mother and your mother were at the store
Your mother punched my mother in the nose.
What colour was the blood?
(Name the colour and spell it out, then say the colour)
... was the color of the blood.

One, two, sky blue, all out except you.

Engine, engine, number nine
Going down Chicago line
If the train falls off the track
Do you want your money back
(Child picks yes or no.)
N-o spells no you don't get your money back or
Y-e-s spells yes and you shall have you money back

Two horses in one stable and one jumped out.

Inka Binka bottle of ink,
The cork fell off and you stink,
Not because you're dirty,
Not because you're clean,
Just because ya kissed a (boy or girl)
Behind a magazine and You are it.

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.

Many thanks to purple_curtain for this one:

Ip-a-dip-a-dation,
My operation,
How many people in the station?
(a number is named)
The one that lands on number (x)
Will surely not be it.

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