Bluebells, Dombey Shells - Scottish Children's Songs - Scotland - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*"Dombey" seems to have no meaning, but it may be a corruption of "dummy" because some versions have that instead.
**This line can be found as, "Then you do the birlie-o"; "To birl" is the Scottish form of "to whirl". Perhaps it's another distortion.


Many variations of this rhyme exist, please email me to share your version with us! –Mama Lisa

According to the British Library, "This footage was captured in Edinburgh in 1957. 'Bluebells, Cockleshells' is one of the most widely known of skipping rhymes and has many variations. The rhyme can be traced back to the start of the 20th century and according to the Opies was used as a common lullaby in Newmarket."

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