Green gravel, green gravel, the grass is so green;
The fairest young damsel that ever was seen;
O Mary, O Mary, your true love is dead,
He sends you this letter for to turn round your head.
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Source: Lucy Broadwood and J A Fuller Maitland. 1893, English County Songs, Leadenhall Press, London
Words and Tune from Mrs Harley, Bewdley.
Children's Game song. Lucy Broadwood describes the game as follows:
A circle of girls stand hand in hand, one child in the middle; they sing and at the words "turn round your head," the child named by the one in the middle has to turn face outwards and join hands again. The game goes on till all the children are turned face outwards.
Roud: 1368 (Search Roud index at VWML) Take Six
Related Songs: Green Gravel (Derbyshire) (thematic)