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Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush"

"Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush" is a traditional English nursery rhyme and singing game that has been passed down through generations. The rhyme is often accompanied by a circular hand-holding dance. Its lyrics are as follows:

 

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    

 

This is the way we wash our face,

Wash our face,

Wash our face

This is the way we wash our face

So early in the morning  

 

This is the way we comb our hair,

Comb our hair,

Comb our hair

This is the way we comb our hair

So early in the morning   

 

This is the way we brush our teeth,

Brush our teeth,

Brush our teeth

This is the way we brush our teeth

So early in the morning    

 

This is the way we put on our clothes,

Put on our clothes,

Put on our clothes

This is the way we put on our clothes

So early in the morning    

 

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 

 

History of the Poem:

The origins of this rhyme are somewhat uncertain, but it likely dates back to the 19th century. The "mulberry bush" in the rhyme may be a reference to the exercise yard in a women's prison, as this rhyme was sometimes sung by female inmates while performing a circular exercise routine. Over time, it became a popular children's song and game, teaching coordination and rhythm. The simple, repetitive lyrics and playful activity make it a beloved part of early childhood culture.

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