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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
(English Kids Song)
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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is still sung throughout the English speaking world. It was known in the 1840's.

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Children's Song

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Here we go round the mulberry bush*,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush;
Here we go round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our hands**,
We wash our hands, we wash our hands;
This is the way we wash our hands
On a cold and frosty morning.

Other verses…
"This is the way we do our hair," etc.
"This is the way we mend our shoes," etc.
"This is the way we scrub our clothes," etc.
"This is the way we dust our room," etc.
"This is the way we clap our hands,"... etc.
 
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Notes

*Originally it was bramble bush.
**Or clothes

There's a variation of this song with "Bramble Bush" which can be found in "Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales: a sequel to the Nursery Rhymes of England" (1849) by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillips. There was also a variation using "Barberry Bush" instead of "Mulberry Bush". I read in the book "Children's Singing Games" (1895) that "Barberry Bush" was popular in Massachusetts.

Mike J. Hebblethwaite wrote: "Found this one on your site, it's from Wakefield Prison where they hanged you. The poor criminals had their last walk round the mulberry bush (still in the grounds of the prison today) before they swung."

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Here's the version in The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright...

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,
Here we go round the mulberry bush.
On a cold and frosty morning.

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

This is the way we wash our clothes.
Wash our clothes, wash our clothes,
This is the way we wash our clothes,
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.

This is the way we come out of school,
Come out of school, come out of school,
This is the way we come out of school,
On a cold and frosty morning.

Photos & Illustrations

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Mike J. Hebblethwaite for commenting on this song.

The illustration comes from The Baby's Opera by Walter Crane (circa 1877). The 2nd illustration is by H. Willebeck Le Mair from Our Old Nursery Rhymes (1911), arranged by Alfred Moffat.



The 1st recording is by Carol Stripling.

2nd recording performed by 17 student musicians who were sisters in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women at California State University-Stanislaus in 2007. The musical score the recording is based on comes from Our Old Nursery Rhymes (1911) arranged by Alfred Moffat.

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