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Origins: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain

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COMING 'ROUND THE MOUNTAIN
EVERY YEAR
SONG WE SANG AT THE SINGSONG IN SING SING
YE CANNA SHOVE YER GRANNIE


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Subject: She'll Be Comming Around the Mountain
From: oman1586@aol.com
Date: 08 May 98 - 09:13 AM

How hard should it be to find the words and music to a Public Domain, Childhood, Schooldays standard like this one? I volunteer for an adult educationally handicapped theatre group and they've requested a sing along of this one. It's easy enough to fake it but that would be patronizing to my students. Any help? Thank You, if.


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Comming Around the Mountain
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 08 May 98 - 10:57 AM

Hidy--(As we in Alabama say)

I e-mailed you the address for a site containing the words. Come back anytime...

Bill in Alabama Bill Foster


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Comming Around the Mountain
From: Jon W.
Date: 08 May 98 - 11:13 AM

I don't agree that "faking it" would be patronizing to your students. If you know the song (in whatever form) you can teach it to them. This is known as oral transmission and is THE way that folk songs are passed on to others.

If you have access to the Silver Burdett music education series of books and CD's, it's very likely to be in there.

The five verses I know off the top of my head:

She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes (2x)
She'll be coming 'round the mountain (2x)
She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes.

She'll be driving six white horses...

We will all go out to meet her when she comes...

We will kill the old red rooster...

Then we'll all have chicken and dumplings...

Jon W.


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Comming Around the Mountain
From: Sheye
Date: 08 May 98 - 11:24 AM

The Chipmunks do a great rendition of this old-time favourite. Why, I've heard it about a hundred times just this week!


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Comming Around the Mountain
From: Jon W.
Date: 08 May 98 - 11:29 AM

And if you play it at half speed it comes out sounding normal.


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Subject: Parody of She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Philippa
Date: 08 May 98 - 11:34 AM

I don't suggest the following for your group (though I do suggest they make up their own verses to add to the traditional ones) but I've heard risque verses such as

Everybody asks her did she come (2x)
A thing they wouldn't have to mention if they only paid attention
Every body asks her did she come

She's got a lovely titty
lating smile (2)
She's got a lovely titti-, a lovely titti-
A lovely tillilating smile

She's got a lovely bottom
set of teeth .....

Oh ye canna push yer granny off the bus (2x)
Oh ye canna push yer granny for she's your mammy's mammy
Oh ye canna push yer granny off the bus

Saying I will if you will, so will I (2x)
I will if you will, I will if you will,
I will if you will, so will I


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Comming Around the Mountain
From: Jon W.
Date: 08 May 98 - 11:56 AM

I don't think the Chipmunks ever sang those verses...


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Subject: ADD: a lovely Naval uniform (Coming Round the Mtn)
From: Bert
Date: 08 May 98 - 02:51 PM

And...

She's got a lovely Naval uniform.

She's got a lovely pair of big blue eyes.


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Comming Around the Mountain
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 May 98 - 03:32 PM

Here is a link to a good source for lyrics to songs for children. We also have lots of songs you'd like right here in the Digital Tradition. You can even download the tune and print it up with MIDI software like Noteworthy Composer.
There's a company in Miami called CPP/Belwin that publishes a book called "Life of the Party." Volume 1 has 175 songs, and Volume 2 has 88. These are simple, familiar songs - but not necessarily children's songs. I think they might be just what you need. The company prints a complete book with lyrics and tune, and then smaller companion books with just the lyrics. Reader's Digest also has books like that - a music book, plus singalong lyrics books. You should be able to get the CPP/Belwin books at most large music stores. Hal Leonard also has a number of books that might help you.
A good place to look is at Amazon.com. Search for "songbook" or "songbooks," and you'll be amazed what's available.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Comming Around the Mountain
From: Barry Finn
Date: 08 May 98 - 09:25 PM

We'll all yell howdy when she comes

She'll be wearing silk pajarmas when she comes

Heard Jim Kweskin do this years back, best I ever heard, don't know if he recorded it. Barry


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST,Rebecca
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:31 PM

hey, iv'e had this song stuck in my head for days and yet i don't know hardly any of the words, but for some reason the line"she'll be eatting big white muffins when she comes" keeps coming out, people keep telling me i am wrong and its not a part of the song. is it? if any one could send me the lyrics it would be great. my e-mail is siltypunk@minorthreat.com


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Hester
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:53 PM

I've also heard a it sung with a parenthetical call-back in the 2-beat rest after each line, which seems to liven it up. e.g.:

She'll be driving six white horses when she comes ("Whoa, boy!")

We'll all come out to meet her when she comes ("Hi, babe!")

We will kill the old red rooster when she comes (2-note crowing)

Then we'll all have chicken and dumplings when she comes("Yum, yum!")

Cheers, Hester


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Hester
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 12:04 AM

Oh, yes, and the call-back for the first verse:

She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes ("Yee-ha!")

On the repetition of the first verse to close the song, all the call-backs from the other verses are piled up in order at the end of the last line.

As well, the call-backs are shouted rather than sung.

Cheers, Hester


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 12:09 AM

How hard should it be to find the words and music to a Public Domain, Childhood, Schooldays standard like this one? I dunno how hard it should be, but it is in DigiTrad, which shouldn't make it hard to find. It's a good place to start looking.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN THE CHARIOT COMES
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 12:49 AM

Here's an early gospel version:

WHEN THE CHARIOT COMES
From: Old Plantation Hymns (1899)

O who will drive the chariot when she cu-hu-hu-hu-hums?
O who will drive the chariot when she comes?
O who will drive the chariot? O who will drive the chariot?
O who will drive the chariot when she comes?

King Jesus, he'll be driver, when she cu-hu-hu-hu-hums, etc.

She'll be loaded with bright angels, etc.

She will neither rock not totter, etc.

She will run so level and steady, etc.

She will take us to the portills, etc.

-Richie


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 01:38 AM

"When the Chariot Comes" is similar to "Old Ship of Zion" VIII ("Don't Ye View Dat Ship"), from Fenner, 1874, in thread 41005: Old Ship of Zion VIII
Also note that similar verses are in other versions of the "Old Ship of Zion." Some of these verses were noted as early as 1850 (see Epstein) and lines such as "reel and totter" may be applied to both ships and chariots.
Whether these Negro spirituals originally were adapted from White hymns or whether the early White gospel singers adapted Negro spirituals is open to dispute.


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 02:07 AM

The Ship of Zion, 2nd version, in T. W. Higginson, "Negro Spirituals," 1867: Negro Spirituals
The "reel and totter," "sailin' steady" and "angels for the sailors," appear here. If a "humm-mmn" or similar is added at the end of the repeated lines, the scan approaches "She'll be comin..." but the last line of each verse doesn't fit.


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST,SUSY
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 04:53 AM

The version I learned first is Canadian and instead of the call-backs, the verses have an additional rhyming last line.

She'll be commin' 'round the mountain when she comes, etc.
She'll be commin' 'round the mountain,
She'll be yellin' she'll be shoutin'
She'll be commin' 'round the mountain when she comes.

She'll be drivin' a mule and wagon
And her feet will be a draggin'

Oh we'll all run out to meet her
With a hug and kiss we'll greet her

Oh we'll kill the old red rooster
'cause he don't crow like he uster

I still like that version best but my nursing home and kid audiences in the States like the cumulative call-backs.
Have fun.


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Subject: RE: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Schantieman
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 07:24 AM

The 'call back' version, I learned as a Scout, many years ago.

Another of the Rugby version (NOT learned in Scouting circles!):
'She's got a lovely country house in Spain'

Steve


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Subject: Lyr Add: International verses for SHE'LL BE COMING
From: GUEST,HEATHER
Date: 06 Feb 04 - 06:57 AM

Verses sung by my Guide unit:

Australia.
1. She'll be riding on a surfboard when she comes. (Cool chick!)
2. She'll be wearing a bikini when she comes. (Way hey!)
3. She'll be cuddling a koala when she comes. (So cute!)
4. She'll be throwing boomerangs when she comes. (Whiz whiz!)
5. She'll be waltzing with Matilda when she comes. (La di da!)
6. And we'll have a barbecue when she comes. (Yum yum!)

Oriental.
1. She'll be riding in a rickshaw when she comes. (Ah so!)
2. She'll be wearing a kimono when she comes. (Chi chi!)
3. There'll be lots of kung fu fighting when she comes. (Haa oooh!)
4. Her hair will be in pigtails when she comes. (So sweet!)
5. She'll be talking Japanese when she comes. (Velly good!)
6. We'll all have rice and sushi when she comes. (Yum yum!)

USA.
1. She'll be driving a pink Cadillac when she comes. (Brrm brrm!)
2. She'll be wearing cowboy boots when she comes. (Yee ha!)
3. She'll be acting loud and stupid when she comes. (Swell dude!)
4. She'll be phoning up her shrink when she comes. (You don't say!)
5. There's bound to be a lawsuit when she comes. (Yes ma'am!)
6. And we'll all have burger and chips when she comes. (Yum yum!)

France.
1. She'll be riding in a Renault when she comes. (Toot toot!)
2. She'll be wearing a black beret when she comes. (Tres chic!)
3. She'll be holding a string of onions when she comes. (Boo hoo!)
4. She'll be smelling of strong garlic when she comes. (Phoar phoar!)
5. She'll be practicing the can-can when she comes. (Ooh la la!)
6. We'll all eat frogs and snails when she comes. (Yuk yuk!)

Our local village (in Hampshire, England!).
1. She'll be coming round the by-pass when she comes. (Beep beep!)
2. She'll be riding on a scooter when she comes. (Very neat!)
3. She'll be wearing her Guide uniform when she comes. (Funky babe!)
4. We'll be singing very loud when she comes. (Like this!)
5. The boys will all be whistling when she comes. (Wolf whistle!)
6. We'll all have fish and chips when she comes. (Yum yum!)

Chorus:
Singing aye aye iffy iffy aye (etc.!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST,Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 06 Feb 04 - 08:15 PM

A friend of mine from Oklahoma used to sing:

She'll be mountain 'round the comin', come she when
She'll be mountain 'round the comin', come she when
She'll be mountain 'round the comin', she'll be mountain 'round the
         comin
She'll be mountain 'round the comin, come she when


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST,Aral61@Yahoo.com
Date: 06 May 04 - 05:23 PM

please give me some information about this song. I have had some trouble finding it. who is the writer and the story behind it. "She'll be coming around the mountain, when she come"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Wolfgang
Date: 07 May 04 - 04:40 AM

In Germany well known to children:

Proper German lyrics

Though much better know with improper lyrics:

Von den blauen Bergen kommen wir
unser Lehrer ist genauso blöd wie wir
mit der Brille auf der Nase
sieht er aus wie'n Osterhase
von den blaeun Bergen kommen wir. (version when I was at school)

And still in living tradition, for my daughter recently has sung me new improper lyrics.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: masato sakurai
Date: 07 May 04 - 04:52 AM

GUEST,Aral61, see this thread: Coming Round Which Mountain?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: masato sakurai
Date: 07 May 04 - 05:02 AM

The version in The New England magazine. / Volume 25, Issue 6, p. 718 is said to be the first appearance of "When the Chariot Comes", forerunner of "Coming Round the Mountain."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 07 May 04 - 05:23 AM

It is, sadly, a song that has lent itself to a number of salacious verses:

She'll be wearing silk pyjamas...

We'll get 'em off her...

She'll be all wet and sticky...

etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 07 May 04 - 06:29 AM

Wolfgang - I remember having sung the German version when in primary school, but we only knew the verse you give here. Would you care to give us the improper verses your daughter is singing now?

For those interested in a translation:

Von den blauen Bergen kommen wir
We are coming from the blue mountains.
Unser Lehrer ist genau so blöd wie wir.
Our teacher ist just as stupid as ourselves.
Mit der Brille auf der Nase
With spectacles upon his nose
Sieht er aus wie'n Osterhase.
he is looking like an easter bunny.
Von den blauen Bergen kommen wir.
We are coming from the blue mountains.

The version dates from the times when AFN started in Germany (1945), and a lot of tunes could be heard which attracted children.

Wilfried


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Wolfgang
Date: 07 May 04 - 06:43 AM

I'll ask her (if Petra is not near)

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Sep 04 - 08:33 PM

"A Bootlegger's Joint in Alabama," Archie Lee and a group, on a Brunswick 78, 1930, has these verses:

He'll be drivin' a Big Six Packard when he comes, (2X)
He'll be drivin' a Big Six Packard, (2X)
He'll be drivin' a Big Six Packard when he comes.

He'll be loaded down with liquor when he comes, (2X)
He'll be loaded down with liquor, (2X)
And we'll all go out to meet him when he comes.

Bootlegger


Honking Duck


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: mike_in_st_c
Date: 07 Sep 04 - 10:28 PM

A version I read about is that the song was adapted from or by miners who used the verse, "She'll be huffin' and a blowin' when she comes.."

Also, in "Rise Up Singing", most of the verses already posted above are noted plus, "She'll be wearin' pink pajamas when se comes (scratch, scratch)
Then: "O she'll have to sleep with grandpa...(snore, snore)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST,kaslily@sbcglobal.net
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 07:47 PM

Does anyone know who "she" is? I have never heard any reference to her idenity. Please, can anyone help????


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 08:10 PM

If you read all the related threads - see top of page - you will learn much.


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Subject: RE: Origins: coming round the mountain?
From: Bernard
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 04:24 AM

Not necessarily the most accurate of sources (!!), Wikipedia has an entry here.

They claim it to be a re-work of a negro spiritual "When The Chariot Comes", and it looks plausible.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 08:27 PM

The Traditional Ballad index has quite an entry for this song:The Traditional Ballad index has quite an entry for this song:

She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain

DESCRIPTION: "She'll coming round the mountain when she comes." The unidentified "she" arrives with great pomp and ceremony, and is greeted with celebration (e.g. the killing and cooking of the old red rooster). The song often is supplemented by summer camp nonsense
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1924 (recording, Henry Whitter)
KEYWORDS: travel nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
BrownIII 460, "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV 460, "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
Sandburg, pp. 372-373, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune plus a spiritual Sandburg describes as the source of the song)
Lomax-FSNA 214 "She'll Be Comin' Around the Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 276, "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" (1 text)
Fireside, p. 156, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 496-497, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain"
DT, COMRND2*

Roud #4204
RECORDINGS:
H. M. Barnes & his Blue Ridge Ramblers, "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes" (Brunswick 310, 1929/Supertone S-2052, 1930)
Vernon Dalhart, "She's Comin' Round the Mountain" (Montgomery Ward M-8148, 1939)
Vernon Dalhart & Co., "She's Comin' 'Round the Mountain" (Edison 51608, 1925)
Al Hopkins & his Buckle Busters, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" (Brunswick 181/Vocalion 5240 [as the Hill Billies], 1927)
Uncle Dave Macon & John McGhee, "Comin' Round the Mountain" (Brunswick 263, 1928; Brunswick 425, 1930)
John D. Mounce et al, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" (on MusOzarks01)
Elmo Newcomer, "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" CroMart 100, n.d. but prob. late 1940s - early 1950s)
Parman and Snyder, "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain" (OKeh 45302, 1929; rec. 1928)
Pickard Family, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" (Oriole 1502/Conqueror 7251/Microphone [Canada] 22388, 1929; Challenge 992, n.d.; Broadway 8148 [as Pleasant Family], n.d.)
Red River Dave, "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" (Musicraft 287, 1944)
Rhythm Wreckers, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" (Vocalion 3341, 1936)
Carson Robison [Trio], "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" (Crown 3027, c. 1930)
Roe Bros. & Morrell, "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" (Columbia 15156-D, 1927)
Pete Seeger, "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" (on PeteSeeger03, PeteSeegerCD03) (on PeteSeeger21)
Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" (Columbia 15200-D, 1927; rec. 1926)
Henry Whitter, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" (OKeh 40063, 1924)
Jimmie Wilson & his Catfish String Band, "She's Comin' Round the Mountain" (Victor V-40163, 1929)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Old Ship of Zion (I)" (form, tune, lyrics)
cf. "I Am Growing Old and Gray" (tune)
cf. "Drive It On" (tune)
cf. "Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny" (tune)
cf. "Ding Dong Dollar" (tune)
cf. "Ballymurphy" (tune)
cf. "The Ten Virgins" (structure, tune)
SAME TUNE:
I'm Going to Ship on the Mike Davis (Wheeler, p. 115)
Bill Cox, "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain - No. 2" (Supertone 9556, 1929) [Also apparently issued as by Charley Blake, same record number]
Fiddlin' John Carson, "The New 'Comin' Round the Mountain'" (Bluebird B-5401, 1934)
Mickey Katz, "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Katzkills" (Capitol 1718, 1951)
Anonymous singer, "There's a 'Skeeter" (on Unexp1)
NOTES: Fuld reports that "substantially this melody" was in print in 1899 in "Old Plantation Hymns," but the text was "When the Chariot Comes." Fuld assumes the "Round the Mountain" lyrics are more recent (he knows of no printing before Sandburg).
The notes in Brown list it as a "parody or secularization of 'The Old Ship of Zion'" (included in the index as "The Old Ship of Zion (I), but note that the phrase is not found in Sandburg's spiritual version); Roud goes so far as to lump them. The Brown text does mention Mary, though it's not clear that this is the mother of Jesus. - RBW
The pattern and tune of "I'm Going To Walk With Jesus By Myself" and "When the Chariot Comes" are close to "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain." - BS
The anonymous singer on Unexp1 sings "There's a 'skeeter on my peter, sweet Marie." Folk process. - PJS
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Coming Round the Mountain (II -- Charming Betsey)

DESCRIPTION: "She'll be coming round the mountain, charming Betsey; She'll be coming round the mountain, Cora Lee; If I never see you any more, Pray God remember me." The song usually compares the homes, vehicles, etc. of the rich and poor
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1915 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: separation money nonballad
FOUND IN: US(Ap,SE,So)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Randolph 436, "Charming Betsey" (1 text, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 335-336, "Charming Betsey" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 436)
BrownIII 256, "All Around the Mountain, Charming Betsy" (2 short texts); also 17, "I Wouldn't Marry" (7 text (some short) plus 6 excerpts, 1 fragment, and mention of 5 more, of which "the "A" text appears to mix this with "I Won't Marry an Old Maid" and "Raccoon")
BrownSchinhanV 256, "All Around the Mountain, Charming Betsy" (3 tunes plus text excerpts)
DT, COMRNDMT*

Roud #7052
RECORDINGS:
Fiddlin' John Carson, "Charming Betsy" (OKeh 40363, 1925)
Cleve Chaffin & the McClung Brothers, "Rock House Gamblers" (c. 1930; on RoughWays1)
Georgia Organ Grinders, "Charming Betsy" (Columbia 15415-D, 1929)
Davis & Nelson, "Charming Betsy" (QRS 9011, c. 1929)
Land Norris, "Charming Betsy" (OKeh 45033, c. 1926; rec. 1925)
Virgil Perkins & Jack Sims, "Goin' Around the Mountain" (on AmSkBa)
Henry Thomas, "Charming Betsy" (Vocalion 1468, 1930 [rec. 1929]; on Cornshuckers2)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "She Gets There Just the Same (Jim Crow Car)" (floating verses)
File: R436

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Subject: RE: Origins: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 09:56 PM

"When the Chariot Comes" is posted in thread 7068 (By Masato). The date of the article by William E. Barton is 1899, in the New England Magazine. The thread is linked at the top (Coming Round Which Mountain).
This and other spirituals reported by Barton in the magazine were missed when the Cleveland Index was compiled.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 10:12 AM

what are the piano notes for this song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 05:25 PM

Hi - there's a very handy site called Yet Another Digital Tradition (click). It takes the tunes from our Digital Tradition Folk Song Database, and converts the tunes to various types of notation. Click on the link and you'll get notation for this song.
-Joe-


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Subject: ADD They'll Be Coming Around the Mountain (Abrams)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Jun 17 - 02:52 AM

Here's another song based on "Coming 'Round the Mountain":

They'll Be Coming
Traditional music, words by Eileen Abrams
Tune of "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain

1. Bumpy wagons moving thru the days & nights
They've been travelin' far in search of human rights
Not much comfort or supporters but within this country's borders
They won't quit until they've won all of the fights

CHORUS
They'll be comin' round the mountain when they come
They'll be drivin' six white horses when they come
They'll be talkin' new solutions, women's suffrage, revolution
And we'll all go out to meet them when they come.

2. In Colorado women sought a victory,
Mrs. Stanton headed out with Susan B.
Organizing, speaking, writing, for us all they kept on fighting
Women won the vote out there in '93 CHORUS

3. Women ride (rise?) & join your sisters on the line
It's been struggle after stuggle all the time
Keep your mind upon our heritage, your hearts upon the future
And we'll make it thru the tight spots every time! CHORUS

Source: http://www.1stuu.org/Worship/OOS/05.06.12.pdf
(First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit)

The song, with lyrics ©1976 by Eileen Abrams, is on page 251 of the Rise Up Singing Songbook.

I'd like to know more about Eileen Abrams and the background of this song.


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Subject: RE: Origins: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: MickyMan
Date: 02 Nov 17 - 09:13 AM

A few decades back I heard an "Alaskan" parody of this on "Pairee Home Companion"
"She'll be comin' 'oer the tundra when she comes"
Is anybody familiar with this?
Some verses were ....
"She'll be driving six white huskies .....etc"


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Subject: RE: Origins: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Johnny J
Date: 02 Nov 17 - 09:31 AM

Is it not a Glasgow song?

:-))


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VCWROijdwM


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Subject: RE: Origins: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: Mrrzy
Date: 02 Nov 17 - 09:32 AM

She'll be wearing silk pajamas...
Next verse She'll be wearing no pajamas

Love the aussie verses!

What a great site this is. Who else would actually wonder where a song like this *comes from* - (sigh of pleasure).


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Subject: RE: Origins: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 02 Nov 17 - 08:44 PM

You nailed it, Mrrzy!
love the (random)ish refreshings, too

Keep on pickin
Dennis


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