RING AROUND THE ROSY (click to hear midi file)

Ring around the rosy,
Pocketful of posy,
Ashes, ashes,
We all fall down.

A ring, a ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
Ash-a!, Ash-a!
All stand still.

The king has sent his daughter
To fetch a pail of water,
Ash-a! Ash-a!
All bow down.

The bird upon the steeple
Sits high above the people,
Ash-a! Ash-a!
All kneel down.

The wedding bells are ringing,
The boys and girls are singing,
Ash-a! Ash-a!
All fall down.

Round about the rosebush,
Three steps,
Four steps,
All the little boys and girls
Are sitting
On the doorsteps.

Sally go round the sun,
Sally go round the moon,
Sally go round the chimney-pots
On a Saturday afternoon.

Here we go dancing jingo-ring,
Jingo-ring, jingo-ring,
Here we go dancing jingo-ring,
About the merry-ma-tanzie.

Red stockings, blue stockings,
Shoes tied up with silver;
A red rosette upon my breast
And a gold ring on my finger.

So here we go around, around,
And here we go around;
Here we go around, around,
Till our skirts shall touch the ground.

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