This particular rhyme was sort of a subject of legend around my playground – no one, to my knowledge, ever ACTUALLY heard girls saying this one (and doing the actions that went with it), but a few people claimed they had. A kid (I think his name was Nick) excitedly told me, long about 1990, that the girls were all singing this song….
It was said to be a rhyme said while rolling up one’ shirt, stopping just before “the moment of truth” (as one folklorist who collected this put it):”
One, two, three, four
roll it up a little more
five, six, seven, eight
sorry, boys, coffee break!
Sherman (whose book is on the right) collected a version about skirts instead of shirts. Not sure how far back it goes, but it seems to be reasonably widespread and still in circulation, but “skirt lifting” rhymes aren’t that common in the states. It was rumored among boys at school that there WERE rhymes where girls lifted their skirts, but I’m reasonably sure that was a myth. However, they seem to have been fairly common in the UK – see I’m Shirley Temple and the variants of Salute the King.