“All Around the Maypole”


A ring-skipping song. "All around the Maypole, And now Miss Sally, won't you shout for joy?"


There are of course many maypole songs in existence, the oldest known to me being "About the may Pole" by Thomas Morley (1557-1603?; for text see Noah Greenberg, ed., _An Anthology of English Medieval and Renaissance Vocal Music_, pp. 127-132). This doesn't really sound like it's descended from an English original, though. - RBW


  1. Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 706, "All around the Maypole" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 142, ("The May Pole Song") (1 text)
  3. BI, BSoF706


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: playparty
Found in: US(SE)