Information About All Around the Mulberry Bush
"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".