This song is sung in the Caribbean. What's interesting is that it seems to come from the French song, "Ah ! Mon beau château," yet so far we haven't found it sung in English outside of the Caribbean.

Each verse is repeated.
Game Instructions can be found below.


***Insert the name of a child from Group 1.
(1) You can say "rotten" anything here.

Game Instructions

The children hold hands and form 2 different circles. Group 1 in the 1st Circle sings the 1st verse. Group 2 sings the 2nd verse. They alternate verses. On We want ***, Group 2 chooses someone from the 1st Circle. On the last verse the chosen person joins the 2nd circle. The game continues until all the kids are in the 2nd circle.


This song was recorded by Karen S. Ellis on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands between 1976 - 1978 when was teaching at the Ricardo Richards School...

Thanks and Acknowledgements

A recording of this song can be found at the Library of Congress.