Here we go ’round the mulberry bush,

The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush,

So early in the morning.”

There are two main versions of this song that have remained popular: –

This is the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes, wash our clothes,

This is the way we wash our clothes, So early Monday morning.

This is the way we iron our clothes, iron our clothes, iron our clothes,

This is the way we iron our clothes, So early Tuesday morning.

This is the way we scrub the floor, scrub the floor, scrub the floor,

This is the way we scrub the floor, So early Wednesday morning.

This is the way we mend our clothes, mend our clothes, mend our clothes,

This is the way we mend our clothes, So early Thursday morning.

This is the way we sweep the house, sweep the house, sweep the house,

This is the way we sweep the house, So early Friday morning.

This is the way bake our bread, bake our bread, bake our bread,

This is the way we bake our bread, So early Saturday morning.

This is the way we go to church, go to church, go to church,

This is the way we go to church, So early Sunday morning.

The other favourite version is: –

This is the way we wash our face, On a cold & frosty morning.

This is the way we comb our hair, On a cold & frosty morning.

This is the way we brush our teeth, On a cold & frosty morning.

This is the way we dress ourselves, On a cold & frosty morning.

This is the way we polish our shoes, On a cold & frosty morning.

These lyrics were to help children know the days of the week, and how to accomplish small tasks.

According to R.S. Duncan, a former governor of Her Majesty’s Prison, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, women inmates of the Victorian era, would dance around the mulberry bush. The wild mulberry bush stood in the compound of the jail, and, in fact, it is still there.

In the mid nineteenth century women prisoners were allowed to keep their children, in the cells, with them. This rhyme was a way of keeping the kiddies occupied, and at the same time, provided exercise for the detainees.

The game is to dance around in a circle and at each verse stand and perform the actions that the words convey.

In the City of Tucson, Arizona, both mulberry bush & tree have been forbidden. The flowers give off such a great deal of pollen it has been deemed  unhealthy for humans.

 

 

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