CampfireLike many of our more well known traditional American folk songs, She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain has it's roots in an African American spiritual. The original song, known as "When The Chariot Comes," is almost unknown in modern song books but the tune has remained the same across the many generations. In the early 1900's the song was adapted with new lyrics as a children's song and those lyrics are the same ones that are most often used today.



Lyrics and Sheet Music To She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain

Please be aware that the "g" in coming and the "a" in around tend to be optional depending on the version of the lyrics that you listen to and who is singing it.  They are presented here in the most common form.

She'll be comin 'round the mountain when she comes,
She'll be comin 'round the mountain when she comes,
She'll be comin 'round the mountain, she'll be coming 'round the mountain,
She'll be comin 'round the mountain when she comes.

The song continues in the same manner with additional verses such as these:

Oh we'll all come out to meet her when she comes
She'll be drivin' six white horses when she comes
She'll be wearing pink pajamas when she comes
We will kill the old red rooster when she comes
We'll be havin' chicken and dumplings when she comes
She will have to sleep with Grandma when she comes
We'll all be shoutin' "Halleluja" when she comes


Other countries have similar variations on the song, again using the same melody but with different lyrics.

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