A version of this song goes back as far as 1825 and can be found in both Great Britain and the USA.

Notes

Another Version:

Fire on the mountains run, boys, run
You with the red coat, follow with the gun,
The drum shall beat and you shall run,
Fire on the mountains run, boys, run.

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The book "The Singing Game" (1985) by Iona and Peter Opie gives the earliest printed version of this song as follows, as found in Mother Goose's Quarto (Boston, 1825):

Hogs in the garden, catch 'em Towser;
Cows in the corn-field, run boys run;
Cats in the cream-pot, run girls, run girls;
Fire on the mountains, run boys run.

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Fire in the mountain run, run, run
You with the red coat follow with your drum,
The drum shall beat and you shall run,
Fire in the mountain run, run, run

Rats in the garden, catch 'em Towser
Cat's in the cream pie, stop her, now, sir
Chicken in the bread pan picking out dough
Granny does your dog bite; "No, child no!"

Fire in the mountain, fun, fun, fun,
Cat's in the cream jug, run, run, run.
Hogs in the 'tater patch, that I know,
Cows in the cornfield told me so.

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