She'll be Comin' 'round the Mountain

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

Listen to this song's music

23 Comments

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Bill, United States

14 April 2013 at 3:08pm

I don't know why, but I woke up this morning with this song in my head. My sister used to sing it when I was little (she's 9 years older than me) and I remembered her doing the "Whoa back" and "Hi Babe" parts in the various versus. This site is the only one I've seen that references those parts. Very nostalgic!

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Euro, Italy

19 March 2013 at 8:01pm

Hi ! This became a Trieste (Italy sound) when Allies came in the II WW ! Named Yuppy Yuppy ala ! It is the same ! Look on Youtube and You will find !

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Farheen, Pakistan

19 January 2013 at 6:07pm

good nice song

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Nicole, United States

9 December 2012 at 1:45am

I heard this driving in my nieces car and it had purple pizza but this Is great

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Beatrice, Ghana

13 April 2012 at 11:04pm

Nice song

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Daryola, Netherlands Antilles

27 October 2011 at 2:18am

Just sum' old good time I remember when my dad use to sing to us

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Michael, China

8 July 2011 at 6:57am

Classic!

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Sam, Andorra

30 June 2011 at 7:48pm

i just love this song me and my grandma always sing it

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Nelly, Aruba

9 October 2010 at 4:14am

woah there cowboy. hold ur horses." she will HAVE to sleep with grandma" u dont have to make her do some thing she doesnt want to

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Nelly, Aruba

9 October 2010 at 4:11am

woah there cowboy. hold ur horses

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Joe, China

30 September 2010 at 2:36am

I was born in USA - Ohio - moved to N.Z. in 1070. Met Jiying (China) on Internet - am currently in China. Jiying has a cell phone that plays this song with gusto! Thanx to Google I have put the lyrics on a "Translation Machine" and Jiying and i sing it together when ever her phone rings - walking down the street or on the bus - makes no difference! We love it! Thanx Googs!

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Sue, Albany, California

30 May 2010 at 11:20pm

There are a bunch of movements and/or sounds to this song She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes (toot, toot - make an up-and-down motion as though you're pulling the cord on the whistle) She'll be driving six white horses (whoa, back - pull back as though stopping horses) O, we'll all go out to meet her (Hi, Babe - wave) Oh, we'll kill the old red rooster (hack, hack - with the side edge of your hand on your neck - or someone elses) We'll all have chicken and dumplings (yum, yum - rub your belly) She'll be wearin' red pajamas (scratch, scratch - on your sides) She'll have to sleep with Grandma (honk-shoo - snoring)

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Yvonne, Pennsylvania

20 April 2010 at 11:18pm

Hey, who says the grandma is an old wrinkly prune ?! I am a grandma {young} and I'm certainly not! :) And the person who said this song is perverted obviously has some issues.... This is a great old song!

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Jasmine, Maine

25 February 2010 at 1:16am

Hay, my name is Jasmine Carroll and this is my favorite song and play.

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Shelby, Georgia

25 February 2010 at 1:14am

hay, i am Shelby ,and this is my favorite song and just cant stand the fact that the girl that has come a long way, has to sleep with an old, wrinkly prune when she gets there.

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Hesti, Sampit, Indonesia

14 September 2009 at 11:54pm

my students really like it when we sing this before our class is over

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Jenni, Landrum, Sc Usa

30 May 2009 at 2:45am

I have to sing this song every night to my 2 year old to get him to sleep and I only knew the 1st 3 versus and would make up the rest. Was so thrilled when I found the words! Now I don't have to tell him she will eat peas and carrots when she comes. However, I fill in the (when she comes) with Yee Haw so it is known around my house as the Yee Haw song.

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Val, Winterset, Ia

21 May 2009 at 10:44pm

nothing like the oldies!

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Tru, Central New Jersey

16 May 2009 at 9:34pm

My five year old wanted me to sing this song to her all the time, but I couldnt remember the real way I knew when I was younger. I looked all over, and it was never quite right... until I found this site! Thanks! =]

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Chris, New Hope Iw

10 May 2009 at 7:42pm

I think this song ia very perverted

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.