“Rain, Rain, Go Away”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1962 (Baring-Gould); a probable ancestor quoted by Aubrey in 1687
Keywords: nonballad

Description

"Rain, rain, go away, Come again some other day." Additional stanzas may have additional suggestions

Notes

My general assumption is that, if I learned something from other kids, with a tune, then it qualifies as "folk song." By that definition, this fits, silly as it is.

Aubrey's 1687 version, as quoted by the Baring-Goulds, is

Raine, raine, goe away,

Come again a Saterday. - RBW

References

  1. Opie-Oxford2 435, "Rain, rain, go away" (10 texts)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #443, p. 205, "(Rain, rain, go away)"
  3. BI, BGMG443