Information About Did you Ever See a Lassie
Did you ever see a "lassie?' Well, first you would have to know what a "lassie" is, wouldn't you? It's not a word that is very common today. According to the Wiktionary. a "lassie" in the word used by people who live in Scotland and Northern England, to describe a young girl. "Laddie" is the term from the same region used to describe a young boy!
The song is sung to the tune of a German melody "Ach, du lieber Augustin" (Oh You Dear, Augustin), which which goes back to the Vienna plague epidemic of 1679 and was composed by Marx Augustin.
"Did You Ever See a Lassie" is a song that often accompanies a little children's game, whereby the kids that are playing form a circle, with one child in the middle, and everyone sings a verse of the song, while circling the person who is "it". When the come to the end of a verse, the child in the middle performs some silly task, like a little dance, and everyone in the circle imitates it. A new child goes to the middle, and the singing and circling begins again!