“I am the Master (Dusty Bluebells)”


Singing game: "In and out those dusty bluebells (x3), I am the master. Tip a little apple on my shoulder (x3), I am the master." "Tippety, tappety, on your shoulder (x3), I am the master"


Roud classifies this as a version of "In and Out the Window/Marching Round the Levee." I would say the "I am the master" line makes them distinct. - RBW


  1. SHenry H48a, p. 10, "I Am the Master" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Montgomerie-ScottishNR 79, "(In and out the dusty bluebells)" (1 text)
  3. Roud #734
  4. BI, HHH048a


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: playparty nonballad
Found in: Ireland Britain(Scotland)