Go Round and Round the Village (Go In and Out the Window)

TITLE: Go Round and Round the Village (Go In and Out the Window)
AUTHOR: unknown
CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: playparty, courting, nonballad
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE:  1898 (Alice Gomme) The Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland (two vols., 1894 and 1898), containing descriptions of some 800 children’s games, collected with the help of seventy-six correspondents.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GAME: The players form a circle clasping hands with one player outside. In this game the circle stands still and represents the houses of a village. The player outside sings the first verse dancing around the circle. On the second verse “In and out the windows ” etc. the players forming the ring raise their clasped hands to represent windows and the outside player passes in under one arch out under the next and so on winding in and out until the circle has been completed. She tries to get around by the time the verse is finished and then goes on singing the third verse while she pauses in the circle and chooses a partner. These two then run around the outside of the circle while singing the last verse “Follow me to London ” etc. returning at the close to the center of the circle where they bow and part the first player taking her place in the ring. The game is then repeated with the second player running around the outside of the village. 

Where large numbers are playing several players may be chosen instead of one to run around the village and in and out of the windows. In that case several partners will be chosen and at the close the first players will return to the circle and the partners whom they have chosen will go on with the game by running around the village and singing the first verse again. (from database of games)

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • Go Round and Round the Valley
  • Round and Round the Village
  • Marching Round the Valley

RECORDINGS: (mp3’s available through Amazon.com)

YOUTUBE VIDEO: 

YOUTUBE AUDIO: download
LYRIC & CHORD PRO CHART: download
PPT LYRICS FOR THE CLASSROOM: download
BONUS YOUTUBE VIDEO: cartoon

Go Round and Round the Village

Go round and round the village,
Go round and round the village,
Go round and round the village,
As we have done before.

Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
As we have done before.

Now stand and face your playmates,
Now stand and face your playmates,
Now stand and face your playmates,
As we have done before.

Now shake hands with your partner,
Now shake hands with your partner,
Now shake hands with your partner,
As we have done before.

Now take her (him) off to London,
Now take her (him) off to London,
Now take her (him) off to London,
As we have done before.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books

SONGBOOKS:

NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: