A hopper is a container used for pouring material (such as grain) into a machine.

Game Instructions

An odd number of players, of whom the one not paired stands in the center of the ring. The others march in couples, each consisting of a girl and a boy, till the sudden end of the song, when each boy grasps the girl in front of him.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Barbara Huet for pointing out this rhyme!

This song can be found in "Games and Songs of American Children", collected and compared by W.W. Newell (1883).