“Fly Around, My Pretty Little Miss”

Alternate titles: “Blue-Eyed Girl”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (collected by Cecil Sharp, but some of the floating verses also show up in SharpAp 88, "Betty Anne," which he collected in 1916)
Keywords: love dancing nonballad floatingverses dancetune
Found in: US(Ap,SE)


Dance tune: "Fly around my pretty little miss/Fly around my daisy/Fly around my pretty little miss/You almost drive me crazy." Floating verses: "The higher up the cherry tree/The riper grow the cherries..." "Going to get some weevily wheat..."


My guess is that this is a modified version of "Weevily Wheat." But Paul Stamler thinks it's separate, and certainly it's picked up a lot of floating material. So we classify the two separately.

This should not be confused with Laws P18, "Pretty Little Miss." - RBW

Cross references



  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 66, "Fly Around, My Pretty Little Miss" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BrownIII 286, "Fly Around, My Blue-Eyed Girl" (4 texts, but the "D" text is mostly "Shady Grove"); also 78, "Coffee Grows on White Oak Trees" (7 texts plus 1 excerpt and mention of 1 more, but almost all mixed -- all except "H" have the "Coffee grows" stanza, but "A" also has verses from "Fly Around, My Pretty Little Miss"; "and "C" through "H" are mostly "Little Pink"; "B" is mixed with "Raccoon" or some such)
  3. Hudson 145, p. 293, [no title] (1 fragment, the single stanza "The higher up the cherry tree")
  4. SharpAp 268, "The Higher Up the Cherry Tree" (1 text, 1 tune); also 88, "Betty Anne" (1 text, 1 tune, with lyrics from "Shady Grove," "Fly Around, My Pretty Little Miss" and "Going Across the Sea")
  5. Darling-NAS, p. 254, "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss" (1 text)
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 39, "Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Gal" (1 text)
  8. Roud #5720
  9. BI, CSW066