Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (or simply Mulberry Bush) is a children's nursery rhyme. The phrase is also the first line of a popular nursery tune. The tune is similar to that of the Christmas carol I Saw Three Ships.
The words to the first verse are:
"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".
The song and associated game is traditional, and has parallels in the Scandinavian languages and in Dutch (although the mulberry bush is replaced by a juniper bush in Scandinavia). However, R.S. Duncan (then governor of the Wakefield prison) has suggested that the song derives from female prisoners at HMP Wakefield entertaining their children by walking around a mulberry bush within the prison area. According to Wakefield tourist information, the actual "mulberry bush (or more accurately, tree) still thrives at the prison today.
In a 1970s commercial for Oster electric toothbrushes, the song was used with the line "This is the way we brush our teeth".
A commercial for Scoop Away cat litter used the song with the line "This is the way we wash our face".
For the suggestion of a Wakefield prison origin of the song, cf. Duncan, R.S.: Here we go round the mulberry bush' The House of Correction 1595 / HM Prison Wakefield 1995 (published by author 1994)
Silly old Gordon fell in the ditch,
fell in the ditch,
fell in the ditch.
''Silly old Gordon fell in the ditch
all on a monday morning.
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