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Here We Go Round The…

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Children have such an appetite for repetition, don’t they? And so much energy for it. How many times have you heard a child gleefully shout, “Again! Again!”, demanding that we repeat the same silly ‘Knock, knock’ joke or play the same tune? As for me, I know that I’m likely to want to stop playing far sooner than any child. This repetition is instilled in children’s learning. What about all those nursery rhymes that repeat the same tune over and over but with just some minimal change.

‘Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush’ is one such English nursery rhyme.

The tune is simple and easy to learn. It’s also used with slight variation for the nursery rhyme ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ – and there it is again, those wheels going round and round, and round and round.

Round after round

Mmm…feel familiar? The current ‘stay at home’ policy is rather forcing us all to see our own repetitions up close. Groundhog day, anyone?

But, I guess there’s opportunity in trying to see these rounds differently each time. Perhaps a tweak here (“This is the way we wash our face”), a tweak there (“This is the way we comb our hair”, and another little tweak over there (“This is the way we smile today”). Just trying to see something different in those circles.

Here we go round the Breamish Valley

here we go round the Powburn lamb
here we go round the Breamish gorse
Here we go round the Breamish gorse music
here we go round the Hedgeley swan
Here we go round the Hedgeley swan
here we go round the Branton cow
Here we go round the Branton cow

Our moods do not believe in each other. To-day I am full of thoughts and can write what I please. I see no reason why I should not have the same thought, the same power of expression, to-morrow. What I write, whilst I write it, seems the most natural thing in the world: but yesterday I saw a dreary vacuity in this direction in which now I see so much; and a month hence, I doubt not, I shall wonder who he was that wrote so many continuous pages.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Circles

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