Geordie is a regional dialect of English. "The word Geordie refers both to a native of Newcastle upon Tyne and to the speech of the inhabitants of that city." -British Library


There's also a Scottish version of Herrins Head.

I asked Ellen Murphy-Clarke if this song is originally Scottish or Geordie and she wrote, "I think it's a highly debatable issue finding the geographic origins of 'Herrins Heed' but it is widely sung in the north east and uses Geordie dialect in my version so it had become integral to our culture also if indeed it was originally from Scotland. Of course we are very close to the scottish border here in Newcastle!"

Game Instructions

1. On "Herrin's Head": Gently tap your head with both hands.
On "Loaves of Bread": Making a chopping motion like you're cutting bread.
2. On "Herrin's Eyes": Point to your eyes.
On "Puddings and Pies": Make a stirring motion like you're mixing food.
3. On "Herrin's Tail": Put your arm out behind you and flap it up and down.
On "Ship that Sails": Move your arm and hand up and down to mimic a ship on waves.
4. On "Herrin's Fins": Bend and flap your arm up and down.
On "Needles and Pins": Mime sewing.
5. On "Herring's Belly": Point to your belly.
On "Lass called Nelly": Point to yourself.
6. On "Herring's Guts": Make a grossed out face.
On "Pair of Boots": Point to your feet.



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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Herrin's Heed

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Ellen Murphy-Clarke for sharing this song, with the translation, video and recording!

Ellen Murphy-Clarke wrote, "I am a Northumbrian born lass living in Newcastle upon Tyne (Geordieland) and have been a primary school teacher here for 30 years. Passionate about music and a singer, choral conductor and multi instrumentalist. Find me on Facebook as Geordie Ginger Singer!"