“This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes”


"This is the way we wash our clothes, Wash our clothes, wash our clothes, This is the way we wash our clothes, (all on a summer's day)." Similarly, "Here we come with our dollies dear," "This is the way we comb their hair," etc.


This looks much like "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush," and the two share lyrics, but the intent seems different, so I tentatively split them, pending discovery of more versions and tunes. - RBW

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 96, "The Dolly-Play Song" (1 text)
  2. SharpAp 264, "Early Sunday Morning" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3645
  4. BI, Br3096


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Found in: US(Ap,MW,SE)