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 Jenny Jones

Comment on Jenny Jones (traditional)

This is a chase game: a group of kids go away and return singing verse 1; then a girl (for this is a secret girls' game it seems) sings 'Jenny she is dead...'; the group then stand in front of her and sing 'What colour...?' the girl answers; children sing 'Red is for danger...'; girl choose white; children sing 'White is for angels...' then the group stands over the girl who is Jenny Jones and sing 'Ding, Dong' etc, after which Jenny springs out of the corner and chases everyone away - the first one caught becomes Jenny Jones ...

Matthew John Williams
May 2000