Round the Mulberry Bush
Nursery Rhyme from Mother Goose


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little girls dancing in a circle

Round the Mulberry Bush nursery rhyme

First appearance in print: 1840s

Fact: Mulberries do not actually grow on bushes! The original lyrics may have used a bramble bush, but the song certainly doesn't sound as nice that way.

Hold hands and rotate in a circle.

The Mulberry Bush

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,
Here we go round the mulberry bush.
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our hands,
Wash our hands, wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our clothes,
Wash our clothes, wash our clothes,
This is the way we wash our clothes,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we go to school,
Go to school, go to school,
This is the way we go to school,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we come out of school,
Come out of school, come out of school,
This is the way we come out of school,
On a cold and frosty morning.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher's 1907 book, What Shall We Do Now? suggests new verses on the following subjects:

  • This is the way we iron our clothes.
  • This is the way we wash our face.
  • This is the way we comb our hair.
  • This is the way we learn our book.
  • This is the way we sew our seams.

Which brings up the possibility of you introducing your own verses, specific to our time and your household.

This is the way we nuke our meals,
Nuke our meals, nuke our meals...

(Just kidding. You can probably do better!)

Round the Mulberry Bush appears in Blanche Fisher Wright's classic The Real Mother Goose collection.

More Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

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