One from the ring goes beside the lying down lodger and pretends to be gathering apples into her apron while the others, except the dead lodger, sing —
" The old wife came and them up did pick, E, I, O, N, A, The lodger got up and gave her a kick, E, I, O, N, A.
The lodger gets up, and after he and the old wife have hopped round inside the ring, the old wife becomes the 'lodger' for the next game.
Cuairteachadli mu Shandie, (Whirling round Sandy.)
A boy or girl represents Sandy and sits on the ground. The others join hands in a circle and dance round him.
"Cuairteachadh mu Shandie, Cuairteachadh mu Shandie, Sandie beag, Sandie : Cuairteachadh mu Shandie, Sandie beag, Sandie ; Sandie is an old man, stand up Sandie."
As soon as the verse is finished, those in the ring make off separately in all directions and Sandie rising, pursues and catches one to take his place.
The Wind and the Rain
Is played by a ring of girls with two in the centre, but the ring apparently does not move. The ring sings —
" The wind and the rain, and the wind blows high. The rain comes dashing through the sky, Peggie Mactavish says she'll die. If she'll not get the boy with the laughing eye.
She is handsome, she is pretty. She's the flower of the golden city. She has lovers, one, two, three, Pray can you tell me who they be ? "
While this is being sung, the two in the centre retire and fix upon names of suppositious rival lovers and return singing —
"Duncan Maclarty says he'll have her, Sandy Grant is fighting for her."
The whole company then, with the exception of the Peggie Mac- tavish mentioned, sing —
" Let them say what they will, Duncan Maclarty will have her still."