children's chants--Rise SAlly

Ed Keer edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Mon Feb 14 14:51:13 UTC 2005

Leadbelly recorded a version of this in the 40s as
Little Sally Walker.

It's on this release: Party songs/Sings and Plays

Probably recorded it elsewhere as well.

--- Maggie Thompson <mthom at RCN.COM> wrote:

> I remember from my grade-school days (1948-54) a
> playground game that
> featured the chant about "Sally."  The kids formed a
> circle, "Sally"
> crouched in the middle, and the circle kids chanted:
> little Sally Ann
> Sitting in the sand
> Crying, crying,
> For a young man.
> (the kid playing "Sally" would pretend to cry)
> Rise, Sally, rise
> Wipe your crying eyes.
> Turn to the east and
> Turn to the west and
> Turn to the one that
> You love best.
> ("Sally" would act this out, pick another kid, who
> then went into the middle
> and it all started over.)
> There may have been more to this, but I don't
> remember it.  I grew up in
> Elizabeth, PA, about 15 miles from Pittsburgh, by
> the way.
> Maggie Thompson

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