Skipping Song

A group of five little Varisian girls dressed in shawls and dresses were playing a skipping rope game at the side of the road. Each of the girls took turns jumping in the rope while singing two lines of a rather disturbing song, then skipped out of the rope to let the next girl take up the next two lines. The way in which the girls switched from skipping to passing the ends of the rope to each other to keep the whole thing going was strikingly well timed and well choreographed — and the verse itself, which the girls sang in Varisian, was rather disturbing. The five repeating verses (as translated by Drago) were as follows:

Put her body on the bed.
Take an axe and lop her head.
Watch the blood come out the pipe.
Feeds the stirge, so nice and ripe.
Drops of red so sparkly bright.
Splatters spell her name just right.
With a hammer killed his wife.
Now he wants to claim your life.
Tricksy father tells a lie.
Listen close or you will die.

Skipping Song

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