“The Old Soap-Gourd”


"Here we go round the old soap-gourd, theold soap-gourd, the old soap-gourd, Here we go round the old soap-gourd, Earlye in the morning." "The old soap-gourd likes sugar in his tea" as he finds a girl: "Rise and give me your lily-white hands."


This appears to be another variation of the "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"/"This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes" tune group and game. But the lyrics are entirely different, so I split them. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Ritchie-Southern, p. 62, "The Old Soap-Gourd" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7387
  3. BI, RitS082


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (copyrighted by Jean Ritchie)
Found in: US(Ap)