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Oh Playmate, Come out and Play with Me (Playmates)

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Words and music by Saxie Dowell | Copyright 1940 by Santly-Joy-Select Inc.

There's a catchy little tune a floatin' through the air,
You hear it here and there,
They sing it ev'ry where
How it started, where it started
seems nobody knows.
But what's the diff'rence where it came from,
here's the way it goes.

Oh PLAYMATE, come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three.
Climb up my apple tree,
Look down my rain barrel
Slide down my cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends forever more.

It was a rainy day, She couldn't come out to play,
With tearful eyes and tender sighs
I could hear her say:

I'm sorry Playmate, I cannot play with you
My dollies have the flu,
Boo-hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo.
Can't climb your rain barrel, (or, Ain't got no rain barrel)
Can't slide your cellar door
[or, Ain't got no cellar door)
But we'll be jolly friends forever more.

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For parents
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. You can purchase or, if you are handy, construct a rain barrel to collect water to use for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing. Many local agencies also conduct workshops where you can learn to build a barrel.
For kids
Watch a video of three sisters and their parents. In it, they plant and take care of a vegetable garden. They even build a rain barrel out of an old trash can.

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