She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain, When She Comes…

Shell be coming round the mountain...This song needs no introduction. Everyone of us has sung or at least heard “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain…”

The melody for the song was originally an Old Negro spiritual “When the Chariot Comes“, about the second coming of Christ written in the 1800s. The “She” in the song originally refers to the chariot that Christ would be driving.

She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes…
She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes…

She’ll be ridin’ six white horses when she comes……
She’ll be ridin’ six white horses when she comes…..

Oh, we’ll kill the old rooster when she comes……
Oh, we’ll kill the old rooster when she comes……

Oh, we’ll have chickens and dumplings when she comes……
Oh, we’ll have chickens and dumplings when she comes……

Oh, we’ll all come out to meet her when she comes……
Oh, we’ll all come out to meet her when she comes……

We’ll be shoutin’ Hallelujah when she comes……
We’ll be shoutin’ Hallelujah when she comes……

She’ll be coming ’round the mountain, she’ll be coming ’round the mountain,
She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes…

In the late 19th century the song spread to Appalachia where the current lyrics were developed. Later it was sung by railroad work gangs in the across the US. It was first published in print by Carl Sandburg in 1927.

It is now thought of as an old folk song for children.

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