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Round and Round, Up and Down, Out and In

Round and Round Up and Down Out and In Playlist

“All these rhymes are usually performed in the course of games which require the children to form rings or chains, or when they are playing ball (Alery ['One two three O’Leary'] and Queenie-i-o) or ‘Fivestones’, called ‘Jacks’ (Sonsy Ann). 

The ring and chain games nearly always have their music; they are sung to simple tunes which often repeat themselves, varying however just as the texts do. 

Sometimes the game is a proper drama. There is good use of mime when Old Roger rises from the dead to defend his apples. A dialogue of interpellation and retort makes up the whole text of Jenny Jones and Three gipsies riding.” — Hugh Shields, 1971

Enjoy the 32 recordings in the Round and Round Up and Down Out and In Playlist and/or Return to the Songbook for more detailed information on each item. Please note the Songbook may contain extra songs and rhymes which Hugh and Lisa documented only in writing and no sound file exists.

Round and Round, Up and Down, Out and In Songbook
Now playing: Dusty bluebells, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English
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  1. Dusty bluebells, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

    Dusty bluebells, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

  2. Round and round goes the gilly gilly ship, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

    Round and round goes the gilly gilly ship, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

  3. A big ship sailed to the illy ally oh, rhyme / Daphne Hillis, singing in English

    A big ship sailed to the illy ally oh, rhyme / Daphne Hillis, singing in English

  4. Wallflowers, song / Deborah Crowley & [various unidentified performers], singing in English

    Wallflowers, song / Deborah Crowley & [various unidentified performers], singing in English

  5. Drawing buckets of water, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

    Drawing buckets of water, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

  6. A little thing goes wandering about, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

    A little thing goes wandering about, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

  7. Thart fá dtaobh de’n bhaile, song / Tessie Molloy, singing in Irish

    Thart fá dtaobh de’n bhaile, song / Tessie Molloy, singing in Irish

  8. Green gravel, song / Nora Cooper, singing in English

    Green gravel, song / Nora Cooper, singing in English

  9. Old Roger is dead, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

    Old Roger is dead, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

  10. Sally wan, rhyme / [unidentified six-year-old boy], speech in English

    Sally wan, rhyme / [unidentified six-year-old boy], speech in English

  11. Cups and saucers, song / Nora Cooper, singing in English

    Cups and saucers, song / Nora Cooper, singing in English

  12. There came three gipsies riding, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

    There came three gipsies riding, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

  13. Jenny Jones, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

    Jenny Jones, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

  14. One, two, three, O'Leary, song [Belfast] / Norah Shields, singing in English

    One, two, three, O'Leary, song [Belfast] / Norah Shields, singing in English

  15. One, two, three, O’Leary, rhyme [Monaghan] / Daphne Hillis, speech in English

    One, two, three, O’Leary, rhyme [Monaghan] / Daphne Hillis, speech in English

  16. Sonsy Ann, rhyme / Arthur Coulter, speech in English

    Sonsy Ann, rhyme / Arthur Coulter, speech in English

  17. On the mountain stands a lady, song / Helen Osborne & Margaret Osborne, singing in English

    On the mountain stands a lady, song / Helen Osborne & Margaret Osborne, singing in English

  18. On the mountains, Caly Daly, song / Ann Clarke, singing in English

    On the mountains, Caly Daly, song / Ann Clarke, singing in English

  19. Hally go lee go lee, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

    Hally go lee go lee, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

  20. I searched high, high, high, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

    I searched high, high, high, song / Deborah Crowley, Kitty Shields & Marie Smith, singing in English

  21. Here are the robbers coming through, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

    Here are the robbers coming through, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

  22. In and out the windows, song / Grace Butcher, singing in English

    In and out the windows, song / Grace Butcher, singing in English

  23. Green gravel, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

    Green gravel, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

  24. I’m a little Dutch girl, song / Ann Clarke, singing in English

    I’m a little Dutch girl, song / Ann Clarke, singing in English

  25. There came three gipsies riding, song / Grace Butcher & Marion Cunning, singing in English, speech in English

    There came three gipsies riding, song / Grace Butcher & Marion Cunning, singing in English, speech in English

  26. Archibald, bald, bald, song / Linda Carson, singing in English

    Archibald, bald, bald, song / Linda Carson, singing in English

  27. On a hillside stands a lady, song / Ruth Carson, singing in English

    On a hillside stands a lady, song / Ruth Carson, singing in English

  28. On a mountain stands a lady, song / Margaret McDaid, Olive McDonnell & Ruby Sweeney, singing in English

    On a mountain stands a lady, song / Margaret McDaid, Olive McDonnell & Ruby Sweeney, singing in English

  29. Baint na cnó, song / Ann Gillespie, singing in Irish

    Baint na cnó, song / Ann Gillespie, singing in Irish

  30. Under the ban bushes, over the sea, song / Linda Carson, singing in English

    Under the ban bushes, over the sea, song / Linda Carson, singing in English

  31. One, two, three, a plainsy, song / Ruth Carson, singing in English

    One, two, three, a plainsy, song / Ruth Carson, singing in English

  32. Under the ban bushes, over the sea (with clapping), song / Linda Carson, singing in English

    Under the ban bushes, over the sea (with clapping), song / Linda Carson, singing in English

  33. There Came Three Gipsies Riding [two]

    There Came Three Gipsies Riding [two]