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Thread #5588   Message #2204992
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
29-Nov-07 - 04:11 PM
Thread Name: Req: Comin' Round the Mountain doin' 90 MPH
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Comin' Round the Mountain???
I assume this is a serious query, so I'll give it my best shot. This is probably one of the first songs children traditionally learned in the U.S., after nursery school. It was sung around camp fires, at kids' parties and in schools. I have no information on its origins, although it sounds like it could have been a fiddle and banjo dance tune in our rural areas at one time. It probably has some hidden meaning, but I've no idea what it might be. Others?

She'll be comin' around the mountain when she comes.
She'll be comin' around the mountain when she comes.
She'll be comin' around the mountain,
she'll be comin' around the mountain'
She'll be comin' around the mountain when she comes.

She'll be drivin' six white horses, etc.

And we'll all go out to meet her, etc.

And we'll all have chicken and dumplings, etc.

By the way, it was not the same tune as for "The Wreck of the Old 97," but perhaps reminiscent of it.