“Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951 (Opie-Oxford2)
Keywords: bug home fire
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

"Ladybug/Ladybird, Ladybug/Ladybird, Fly away home, Your house is on fire, Your children do roam." The extended version may instruct the insect to go to Flanders or elsewhere, and fly to the singer's love

References

  1. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #467, p. 209, "(Lady Bird, Lady Bird)" (a short version in the text with a long addedum in the notes)
  2. Opie-Oxford2 297, "Ladybird, Ladybird" (1 text)
  3. Montgomerie-ScottishNR 15, "Ladybird" (1 very full text)
  4. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 243, (no title) (1 short text)
  5. Roud #16215
  6. BI, MSNR15