All Around the Maypole
DESCRIPTION: A ring-skipping song. "All around the Maypole, And now Miss Sally, won't you shout for joy?"
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (Scarborough)
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 706, "All around the Maypole" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 142, ("The May Pole Song") (1 text)
NOTES: 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
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