I can remember sitting cross legged on the cement outside trying to decide what to play and we would always pick whose idea would win with a “song” as we went around the circle. “Engine, engine, number 9 going down Chicago line, if the train should jump the tracks, do you want your money back?” And that person would answer yes or no then we would continue. “Y-e-s spells yes and you are it/not it.” That person would then win or more often be disqualified, and we would do it all over again until only one person was left in the circle to pick the game. I also recall “Bubble gum, bubble gum in a dish how many pieces do you wish? 1-2-3-4 and you are not it/it.” And also “Eenny-meany, miny-mo catch a tiger by the toe, if he hollers let him go, eenny-meany miny-mo” Brings back good memories. Were there any other songs you used to say to pick a winner or looser on the playground as kids?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – engine