This is called "A Race-Starter's Rhyme" in the book, Negro Folk Rhymes, Wise and Otherwise (1922)...


This is also a traditional English rhyme, that's called One for the Money. It goes back to at least 1886, as seen in print.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme can be found in Negro Folk Rhymes, Wise and Otherwise, with a Study by Thomas W. Talley of Fisk University (1922).

Standard English version by Lisa Yannucci.