Dark Origins – Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Most of us remember the nursery rhymes we sang as young children and have taught the next generations those same songs. But do you know the origins of the songs and the meaning of the words… some origins are dark and Robbie Cheadle as a guest of Kaye Lynne Booth reveals the secrets behind Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush… do you dare head over to find out what you have been singing all this time? o

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Do you know the nursery rhyme Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush?

I remember it from when I was a girl. The girls used to hold hands and dance in a circle singing the lyrics and doing the actions.

These are the first two stanzas of the most modern version:

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

The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell, an English Shakespearean scholar, antiquarian, and a collection of English nursery rhymes and fairy tales, as an English children’s game in the mid-nineteenth century.

The song and associated game are traditional in England and different…

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