The song "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain" comes from the men laying down the railroad tracks after the Civil War in the USA.

"Many a tracklaying foreman was hired chiefly for his singing ability since his singing made the work go smoother and kept the men in better spirits. These are the men who gave us this song as we know it today... The melody of this song was originally both the old folk hymn 'The Old Ship of Zion' and the still older spiritual 'When the Chariot Comes'… Railroad men gave this melody a snappy, hillbilly kind of twist, and it is probably these same men who also made up the repetitious words of the song." –Quoted From "The Songs We Sang" (1964)

Clearly the verse about wearing pajamas and having to sleep with grandma were added on later! -Mama Lisa

She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Katie wrote: "Learned from my grandpa (born in 1907):

Oh we'll kill the old red rooster when she comes...

Oh we'll all have chicken and dumplings when she comes..."

Thanks for sharing those lines Katie! -Mama Lisa

Comments

Monique wrote me, "I've copied the version we sing over here in France, half French, half English." The French version is called "Elle descend de la montagne". To read the French version click here to go to Mama Lisa's France page.

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Many thanks to Dale and Corrina Durdunas for singing this song for us!

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to M. Farrell for contributing this song and to Monique Palomares for creating the midi music.

Image composed by Mama Lisa.

Thanks so much!