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Historical Background:
"Seesaw Marjorie Daw" is a singing rhyme associated with children playing on a seesaw. The character "Marjorie Daw" was presumably created simply to rhyme with the words "see saw." It is also suggested that the last three lines of the rhyme are an allusion to child labor in work houses. Work houses had homeless and poor children work for extremely low wages ("a penny a day") because "[they] can't work any faster."

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Traditional lyrics. Original music by Sockeye Media LLC © 2014. All rights reserved.

"Seesaw Margery Daw" lyrics:
Seesaw Margery Daw
Johnny shall have a new master;
He shall earn but a penny a day
Because he can't work any faster.

Additional Versions:
Version 1

Seesaw Margery Daw
Johnny shall have a new master;
He shall earn but a penny a day
Because he can't work any faster.

Source: The Most Popular Mother Goose Songs (1910)

Version 2

Seesaw Margery Daw
Jacky shall have a new master;
Jacky shall earn but a penny a day
Because he can't work any faster.

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1997)

Version 3

See, Say, a penny-aday,
Tommy must have a new master—
Why must he have but a penny a-day?
Because he can work no faster

Source: Blackwood's (1824)

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