Green Grass Grew All Around, The

TITLE: The Green Grass Grew All Around
AUTHOR: unknown
CATEGORY: traditional, public domain
KEYWORDS: cumulative,
EARLIEST DATE: 1877 (Miss M. H. Mason, _Nursery Rhymes and Country Songs_)

Green Grass

The Green Grass Grew All Around is a excellent example of a cumulative song. A cumulative song is a song with a simple verse structure modified by progressive addition so that each verse is longer than the verse before.

Cumulative songs are popular for group singing, in part because they require relatively little memorization of lyrics, and because remembering the previous verse to concatenate [link] it to form the current verse can become a kind of game.  (wikipedia)

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • The Tree in the Wood
  • The Rattling Bog
  • The Green Grass Growing All Around
  • The Endless Circle
  • There Was a Hill
  • The Tree and the Branch
  • and many more!

RECORDINGS:

YOUTUBE VIDEO:

YOUTUBE AUDIO: download
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PPT LYRICS FOR THE CLASSROOM: download
BONUS YOUTUBE VIDEO: Louis Jordan

 Green Grass Grew All Around

There was a tree (There was a tree)
A pretty little tree (A pretty little tree)
The prettiest tree (The prettiest tree)
That you ever did see (That you ever did see)
Oh, the tree in a hole and the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

Now on this tree (Now on this tree)
There was a limb (There was a limb)
The prettiest limb (The prettiest limb)
That you ever did see (That you ever did see)
Oh, the limb on the tree, and the tree in a hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

Now on this limb (Now on this limb)
There was a branch (There was a branch)
The prettiest branch (The prettiest branch)
That you ever did see (That you ever did see)
Oh, the branch on the limb, and the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole and the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

Now on this limb (Now on this limb)
There was a twig (There was a twig)
The prettiest twig (The prettiest twig)
That you ever did see (That you ever did see)
Oh, the twig on the branch,and the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree, and the tree in a hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

Now on this twig (Now on this twig)
There was a leaf (There was a leaf)
The prettiest leaf (The prettiest leaf)
That you ever did see (That you ever did see)
Oh, the leaf on the twig, and the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the limb, and the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole and the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

Now on this leaf (Now on this leaf)
There was a nest (There was a nest)
The prettiest nest (The prettiest nest)
That you ever did see (That you ever did see)
Oh, the nest on the leaf, and the leaf on the twig,
And the twig on the branch, and the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree, and the tree in a hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

Now in this nest (Now in this nest)
There was a bird (There was a bird)
The prettiest bird (The prettiest bird)
That you ever did see (That you ever did see)
Oh, the bird in the nest, and the nest on the leaf,
And the leaf on the twig, and the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the limb, and the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole and the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

Now on this bird (Now on this bird)
There was a feather (There was a feather)
The prettiest little feather (The prettiest feather)
That you ever did see  (That you ever did see)
Oh, the feather on the bird, and the bird in the nest,
And the nest on the leaf, and the leaf on the twig,
And the twig on the branch, and the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree, and the tree in a hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
and the green grass grew all around

Now on this feather (Now in this feather)
There was a flea (There was a flea)
The prettiest flea (The prettiest flea)
That you ever did see (That you ever did see)
Oh, the flea on the feather, and the feather on the bird,
And the bird in the nest, and the nest on the leaf,
And the leaf on the twig, and the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the limb, and the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole and the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

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

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

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