Ring Around the Rosie

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Ring around the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down!

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Information About Ring Around the Rosie

"Ring Around the Rosie" or "Ring a Ring o' Roses" is an English nursery rhyme and a playground or garden game as well. The rhyme was first recorded in 'Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes" in 1881; but it is possible the song and its melody date back a further 100 hundred years. The rhyme is better known as "Ring a Ring o" Roses" in the UK; also the words can differ region by region, although the tune remains consistent. There was also a German rhyme from 1796 that loosely resembled the words and actions of "Ring Around the Rosie".

A common theory suggests this song has its roots in the bubonic plague that swept through Europe. It was somewhat macabre, with references to a rosie ring (infection), posies (which supposedly warded off infection), and the cremation that was performed on those who died to prefent the spread of the disease. And you thought it was just a fun little rhyme! However, this theory appears to have emerged in more recent times and is considered by many folklore scholars to be baseless.

Notions associated with the meaning of this song

"Ring Around the Rosies".

This line was in reference to the red X with a circled around it that was drawn on the doors of homes to warn people that someone inside that house had been or is dying from the plague.

"Pocket full of posies".

This is in regards to the boils and blisters that often came with the plague.

"Ashes, ashes".

The bodies were indeed burned along with the homes and possessions of those who died.

"we all fall down".

It was believed in that dark time that this was the Lord's way of ridding the earth of the sinners and everyone would die.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

You can use this as a 2nd verse

The cows are in the meadow
eating buttercups.
Thunder, lightening,
they all stand up!

Lyrics for the "A Ring a Ring of Roses" version

A ring, a ring of roses,
A pocket full of posies,
Tish-yoo, a-tish-yoo,
We all fall down.

This version has 3 verses which have different lyrics

The King has sent his daughter
To fetch a pail of water
Ah-tishoo, ah-tishoo
We all fall down

The bird upon the steeple
Sits high above the people
Ah-tishoo, ah-tishoo
We all fall down

The cows are in the meadow
Eating buttercups
Bringing up the posies
We all pop up!

This version has minor changes to the lyrics

Ring around the rosies
A pocket full of posies
Ashes, Ashes
All stand still

The King has sent his daughter
To fetch a pail of water
Ashes, Ashes
All fall down

The bird upon the steeple
Sits high above the people
Ashes, Ashes
All kneel down

The wedding bells are ringing
The boys and girls are singing
Ashes, Ashes
All fall down

This version has a verse in German and different lyrics

Ring around the rosie,
Pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes,
We all fall down!

Ringel, ringel, Rosen
Schöne Aprikosen
Weiß und blau
Vergiß mein nicht,
Alle Kinder setzen sich.

A ring, a ring, of roses
Pretty apricots
White and blue
Forget me not,
All children sit down.

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4 May 2015 at 4:36pm

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4 May 2015 at 4:27pm

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4 May 2015 at 4:18pm

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John, Ohio

7 April 2015 at 6:24pm

Really you guys? Really? This is why I like to say that people are too sensitive. She's not trying to be funny, she's not trying to be mean, she's just teaching kids how to sing and dance to a song. I mean honestly. Where any of you there during the plague, do any of you remember living through it? No? Then what's the problem? I don't come down on centuries old nursery rhymes, I come down on people who cuss out their kids, then slap them when they repeat what they heard. And what is it that you want? Do you want everyone to forget about every bad thing in history and pretend it never happened? Quit nitpicking at innocent things!

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