All Around the Mulberry Bush

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"All Around The Mulberry Bush" was originally an old English dance called "Pop! Goes the Weasel". It had a tune very similar to the one we are familiar with today and its only lyrics were "Pop! Goes the weasel". The dance can be dated to at least 1853. By the end of the 19th century the song had become a children's game.

By 1856 the song had acquired a first verse as quoted in a performance at the Theatre Royal in London's Covent Garden:
Up and down the City Road
In and out the Eagle
That's the way the money goes
Pop! goes the weasel.

There has been speculation as to the meaning of the lyrics without there being any satisfactory explanations. However, there are claims that the Eagle Pub on City Road in London, is the Eagle referenced in the verse printed above.

Around this time the dance/song appears to have made it to America where the melody was maintained but new lyrics were added. It seems it was in the U. S the song became more popularly known as "All Around The Mulberry Bush".

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Keetara, United States

2 February 2015 at 5:39pm

The term "monkey" refers to a child worker in the industrial age of the mid to late 1800's. And Mr. Fawcett is correct in that a "weasel" was a measuring device. The one I'm familiar with is for measuring out skeins of yarn. It was constructed of a 4 armed wheel set into a stand that had a wooden screw inside that could be set for a certain length of yarn, usually somewhere between 2 and 4 yards. Once that length was met, a flange on the screw would pass against a thin, flexible piece of wood that would POP as it was moved. By counting the number of POPs, the skeins could be made to different lengths. So, the monkey was the child measuring out the skein of yarn. When the right number of POPs had been made by the weasel, the skein would be taken off and a new one started.

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D. Shave, Anywhere U.S.A.

19 January 2015 at 2:20pm

I learned this song as a very young child, but could only remember the 1st verse. It bugged me all last night what the rest of the song verses were. Thank you Google for having the complete song ready for an online find. I'm in my mid 70's and look to Google when I want to find the lyrics. Thank you again Google.

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shadowen, United States

3 January 2015 at 10:13pm

I learned it as around and round the merry go round the monkey chases the weasel, but if you squeeze it to hard there goes the fun. Pop! goes the weasel. I don't remember who taught me that, but its cruel to have little kids who don't know better sing stuff that gruesome.

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robert fawcett, United States

14 July 2014 at 4:57am

A "weasel" was a measuring device for sewing in the 1700's with four arms on a wooden box that would spin a bolt of loom fabric or spun thread by hand that could be set for a certain length. When the spun determined length was reached a metal piece on the measure apparatus would "pop up" signifying the predetermined amount of thread, hence a penny for a spool of thread, a penny for a needle...pop goes the weasel. I buy wire cable this way on a spinner measurer at home depot, but it is no longer called a weasel!

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Idiot, 'Merica

6 July 2014 at 10:24pm

Why am I looking up little kids songs and singing them to myself in the dark? Welcome to "Merica. Where we're all idiots.

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Tina, United States

2 March 2012 at 6:10pm

I've heard it a couple different ways, I like the mulberry bush version better..

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Julie, United States

26 November 2011 at 5:46am

Has anybody know johnny has a apple on a stick johnny has a apple on a stick johnny has a apple on a stick i wished i hadone too if you meet me after school at the candy store i'll buy the biggest apple on a stick you ever saw before

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Rylee, United States

4 January 2011 at 1:55am

i thought this song was called pop! goes the weasel

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Megan, Baltimore Usa

10 July 2009 at 12:04pm

This is a great song! I just couldn't remember the name of it.

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adaiah, fl, usa

2 June 2009 at 4:20pm

dad and mom

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Julie, Phoenix Usa

15 May 2009 at 6:53pm

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush was a different song. All around the Mulberry Bush would be the correct lyrics for this song.

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Debbie, Dewitt Usa

4 March 2009 at 6:57pm

Video is for "Here we go 'Round the Mulberry Bush, NOT "All around the Mulberry Bush." And I learned this song as "All around the vinegar jug, the monkey chased the weasel, etc." I've also heard it as "All around the cobbler's bench, the monkey chased the weasel, etc."

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