Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

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Information About Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

James Orchard Halliwell first recorded 'Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush' as a children's game in the mid-nineteenth century. "Here we go round the bramble bush" was an alternative early version.

It has been suggested that this song was originally sung by prisoners of Wakefield Prison (Yorkshire, UK) whose means of exercise was to be walked around the mulberry tree within the prison grounds and that this ancient tree still exists behind the prison gates. However there is no evidence to confirm this story.

Another great song to get you in the mood is Hide and Seek..

This is not the only song on BusSongs to feature London Bridge. We also have London Bridge is Broken which has a rather similar theme!

"My Fair lady" in the song is a sarcastic reference to the unpopular Queen Eleanor, whose husband, Henry II gave her the bridge tolls in 1269 - which she spent on herself instead of the upkeep of the bridge, which is why if fell into such serious disrepair.

The "Silver and Gold" of the "stolen away" verse may well refer to those tolls. Although we've also heard it said that it is a reference to the merchants and traders who also had premises built on the bridge - including gold and silversmiths.

There is a similar song that is sung in Norway although it does not have the same melody. In Norway the song is connected with Christmas. People sing the lyrics as they dance around the Christmas tree.

All Around the Mulberry Bush is a very similar song.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Another version begins with the following verse:

This is the way we wash our hands,
Wash our hands.
This is the way we wash our hands,
So early in the morning.

A long version to sing to

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush.
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning.
These are the chores we'll do this week,
Do this week,
Do this week.
These are the chores we'll do this week,
So early every morning.

This is the way we wash our clothes,
Wash our clothes,
Wash our clothes.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
So early Monday morning.

This is the way we iron our clothes,
Iron our clothes,
Iron our clothes.
This is the way we iron our clothes,
So early Tuesday morning.

This is the way we scrub the floor,
Scrub the floor,
Scrub the floor.
This is the way we scrub the floor,
So early Wednesday morning.

This is the way we mend our clothes,
Mend our clothes,
Mend our clothes.
This is the way we mend our clothes,
So early Thursday morning.

This is the way we sweep the floor,
Sweep the floor,
Sweep the floor.
This is the way we sweep the floor,
So early Friday morning.

This is the way we bake our bread,
Bake our bread,
Bake our bread.
This is the way we bake our bread,
So early Saturday morning.

This is the way we get dressed up,
Get dressed up,
Get dressed up.
This is the way we get dressed up,
So early Sunday morning.

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,.

The mulberry bush.
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning.

A few more lines that can be added

This is the way we wash our face
Wash our face, wash our face,
This is the way we wash our face
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we brush our teeth
Brush our teeth, brush our teeth,
This is the way we brush our teeth,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we comb our hair,
Comb our hair, comb our hair,
This is the way we comb our hair
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we go to school
Go to school go to school
This is the way we go to school
On a cold and frosty morning.

Use this version for a hot sunny day

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,
Here we go round the mulberry bush,
On a hot and sunny morning.

This is the way we splash in the pool,
splash in the pool, splash in the pool,
This is the way we splash in the pool,
On a hot and sunny morning.

This is the way we dig in the sand,
dig in the sand, dig in the sand,
This is the way we dig in the sand,
On a hot and sunny morning.

This is the way we dance around,
dance around, dance around
This is the way we dance around,
On a hot and sunny morning.

This is the way we eat our ice cream,
Eat our ice cream, eat our ice cream
This is the way we eat our ice cream,
On a hot and sunny morning.

Here's a Christmas version

Here we go round the Christmas tree
The Christmas tree
The Christmas tree
Here we go round the Christmas tree
On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way we jump out of bed
Jump out of bed
Jump out of bed
This is the way we jump out of bed
On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way we open our presents
Open our presents
Open our presents
This is the way we open our presents
On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way we eat our dinner
Eat our dinner
Eat our dinner
This is the way we eat our dinner
On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way we pull a cracker
Pull a cracker
Pull a cracker
This is the way we pull a cracker
On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way we fall asleep
Fall asleep
Fall asleep
This is the way we fall asleep
On a cold and frosty morning

* The short version is to just sing the first part.

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7 Comments

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Kids' Campus International Private Limited, Matara, Sri Lanka.

28 January 2014 at 3:09pm

Nice page. We realy love it.

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Geoff, Australia

11 April 2013 at 8:48pm

I have a poem my late Uncle has written and I immediately thought of this tune to go with it. Wondering if this tune us in the Public Domain?

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Jordan Frier, United States

7 March 2013 at 12:56am

I remember this song from when I was a child, the mulberry bush was a cute concept. I now need to wonder however if this is good to sing & implant in our child's mind. Why? Due to Fruitless Male Mulberry trees and the pollen they generate. Manmade in US in 50's as just shade trees, the pollen has been shown to cause permanent lung disease in children below the age of 12 for life.

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Hildy, United States

16 September 2012 at 5:54pm

Great! thanks so much.

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Oh Mia I Love U, United Kingdom

21 November 2011 at 9:23am

i love you mia oh mia marry me please!

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Quazi, Bangladesh

9 August 2011 at 4:32pm

So deep...but only few can understand it

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Mia, United Kingdom

29 December 2010 at 7:30pm

boring

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