Playing knick-knack

Niagra Falls, Ontario - Friday, Septmber 13, 2002 - by: Joe Hueglin




Two lines are constant in a children's campfire song, one ends in "give a dog a bone"
the other is "This old man goes rolling home."
Paul Martin began playing out the song on 9/11/02 by giving an accounting of monies
  raised to have him go "rolling home" to the Prime Ministership of Canada. By declaring


$110,856.00 he but "give a dog a bone". The meaty part is yet to come.


The words "knick" and "knack" are constants in the song. The amount disclosed is


but a "knick" on the surface of the money at his disposal. Yet to be determined is
whether "Knack", a "clever, expedient way of doing something" (1) is applicable.


There are, after all, ten verses to the song and only the first has been sung.


Joe Hueglin




This old man, he plays one,
He plays knick-knack on my thumb.
With a knick-knack, paddy-wack, give a dog a bone.
This old man goes rolling home.

Two-on my shoe. [Tap shoe.]
Three-on my knee. [Tap on knee.]
Four-on the floor. [Touch the floor.]
Five-on my hive. [Move hands as if brushing bees away from ears.]
Six-on my sticks. [Tap knuckles of other hand.]
Seven-up to Devon. [Shake fist.]
Eight-on my pate. [Tap top of head.]
Nine-on my spine. [Touch backbone.]
Ten-now and then. [Raise hands shoulder high, open and close fists in rhythm.]



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