She'll be Comin' 'round the Mountain

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Lyrics

She'll be comin' 'round the mountain
When she comes,
(When she comes).
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain
When she comes,
(When she comes).
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain,
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain,
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain,
When she comes,
(When she comes).

She'll be drivin' six white horses
When she comes,
(When she comes).
She'll be drivin' six white horses
When she comes,
(When she comes).
She'll be drivin' six white horses,
She'll be drivin' six white horses,
She'll be drivin' six white horses,
When she comes,
(When she comes).

Oh, we'll all go out to greet her
When she comes,
(When she comes).
Oh, we'll all go out to greet her
When she comes,
(When she comes).
Oh, we'll all go out to greet her,
Oh, we'll all go out to greet her,
Oh, we'll all go out to greet her,
When she comes,
(When she comes).

We will kill the old red rooster,
When she comes,
(When she comes).
We will kill the old red rooster,
When she comes,
(When she comes).
We will kill the old red rooster,
We will kill the old red rooster,
We will kill the old red rooster,
When she comes,
(When she comes).

Oh, we'll all have ch'cken and dumplings,
When she comes,
(When she comes).
Oh, we'll all have ch'cken and dumplings,
When she comes,
(When she comes).
Oh, we'll all have ch'cken and dumplings,
Oh, we'll all have ch'cken and dumplings,
Oh, we'll all have ch'cken and dumplings,
When she comes,
(When she comes).

She will have to wear pajamas,
When she comes,
(When she comes).
She will have to wear pajamas,
When she comes,
(When she comes).
She will have to wear pajamas,
She will have to wear pajamas,
She will have to wear pajamas,
When she comes,
(When she comes).

She will have to sleep with Grandma,
When she comes,
(When she comes).
She will have to sleep with Grandma,
When she comes,
(When she comes).
She will have to sleep with Grandma,
She will have to sleep with Grandma,
She will have to sleep with Grandma,
When she comes,
(When she comes).

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Information About She'll be Comin' 'round the Mountain

"She'll Be Coming "Round the Mountain" is an American folk song and is believed to have been written during the late 1800s but was first printed only in 1927 in Carl Sandburg's book The American Songbag.

It is believed that the song was inspired by an old African American spiritual song entitled "When the Chariot Comes", it also uses the same melody.

There is no clarification as to who the "She" in the song is but the song may have been used by railroad work gangs in reference to the train coming along the tracks. Carl Sandburg believed that "she" is a union organizer named Mary Harris "Mother" Jones who was attempting to promote labor union formation in the Appalachian coal mining camps.

The song first appeared in print with Carl Sandburg's The American Songbag published in 1927. The song dates back to the late 1980's. The union organizer 'Mother Jones" inspired the lyrics. The song is descended from a black spiritual titled When the Chariot Comes.

This is one of the best known songs to come from railroading. Considered to be an adaptation of a spiritual that accounts for its 'singability' and longevity down to our day. The song was written as railroads began to bring families back together that had been separated for generations as a result of moving westward. The first part song speaks of the excitement experienced as railroads brought families closer together. Six white horses refers to horsepower and type of engine. Passenger engines were painted bright colors and some had the rims of the wheels painted white. This train had six driving wheels, six white horses. Other verses talk about the celebration to take place as a result of her "coming around the mountain".

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This is the party version

O' we'll have a great big party when she comes.
(when she comes)
O' we'll have a great big party when she comes.
(when she comes)
O' we'll have a great big party
O' we'll have a great big party
O' we'll have a great big party when she comes.

A Version dating back to the 60's

She'll be coming in a wagon when she
comes (when she comes)
She'll be coming in a wagon when she
comes (when she comes)
She'll be coming in a wagon
And her feet will be a dragin'
Cause they won't fit in the wagon
When she comes.

A much longer version of the song

Billy Hill, a hilly-bill an old railroad man, When he'd hear a whistle or a bell- He'd start in to roar, sounds like Engine forty-four, Then the neighbors all would hear him yell. -.

She'll be comin round the mountain when she comes, She'll be comin round the mountain when she comes, I can hear the engine pantin, and the passengers a chantin, She'll be comin round the mountain when she comes.

She'll be drivin' six white horses when she comes, She'll be drivin' six white horses when she comes, When you hear the whistle tootin', you can gamble sure as shootin', She'll be drivin' six white horses when she comes.

She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes, She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes, If she hits a cow on sunday, Then we'll all have beef-steak Monday, She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes.

Here is a chorus that you can sing in between every verse

Singing aye, aye yippee ippy aye
Singing aye, aye yippee ippy aye
Singing aye, aye yippee
Aye, aye yippee
Aye, aye yippee ippy aye

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