Barendd Nobeard said:We played it as a game, so I don't know where this crazy "salt & pepper" stuff comes from.
The "take the key and lock her up" version made sense, since the game involved trapping people in the bridge. (Sort of the opposite of 'musical chairs' but without the chairs). I also remember other verses: "build it up with iron bars" and "iron bars will bend and break" and "build it up with silver and gold" - in my childhood, extra verses were just an excuse to keep playing the game a bit longer.
I remember the game aswell, two kids would form the bridge by holding hands and raising them like an arch with two spans. The other kids would walk underneath and lock her up the arms would come down either side and trap a kid. During the bend and break verse, you'ld sway them back and forth in your arms until they broke the bridge.