Round and Round, Up and Down, Out and In

Round and Round, Up and Down, Out and In Songbook

“All these rhymes are usually performed in the course of games which require the children to form rings or chains, or when they are playing ball (Alery ['One two three O’Leary'] and Queenie-i-o) or ‘Fivestones’, called ‘Jacks’ (Sonsy Ann). 

The ring and chain games nearly always have their music; they are sung to simple tunes which often repeat themselves, varying however just as the texts do. 

Sometimes the game is a proper drama. There is good use of mime when Old Roger rises from the dead to defend his apples. A dialogue of interpellation and retort makes up the whole text of Jenny Jones and Three gipsies riding.” — Hugh Shields, 1971

Listen and find out more about each item in the Song Pages below or enjoy the Playlist.

Dusty Bluebells

Round and Round Goes the Gilly Gilly Ship

A Big Ship Sailed to the Illy Ally Oh


Drawing Buckets of Water

A Little Thing Goes Wandering about

Thart Fá Dtaobh de’n Bhaile

Green Gravel [one]

Old Roger is Dead

Sally Wan

Cups and Saucers

There Came Three Gipsies Riding [one]

Jenny Jones

One Two Three O’Leary [Belfast]

One Two Three O’Leary [Monaghan]


Sonsy Ann

On the Mountain Stands a Lady [one]

On the Mountains Caly Daly

Hally Go Lee Go Lee

I Searched High High High

Here Are the Robbers Coming through

In and Out the Windows

Green Gravel [two]

I'm a Little Dutch Girl

Archibald Bald Bald

On a Hillside Stands a Lady

On a Mountain Stands a Lady [two]

Baint na Cnó

Under the Ban Bushes [one]

One Two Three A-Plainsy

Under the Ban Bushes [two]

There Came Three Gipsies Riding [two]