“Here We Go Up (Hey My Kitty)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1740 (Tea-Table Miscellany, according to Opie-Oxford2)
Keywords: nonballad animal lullaby
Found in: US(NE) Britain(Scotland)

Description

"Here we go up, up, up, up, up, Here we go down, down, downy; Here we go over and over and over, And here we go round, round, roundy." "O, my kitty, my kitty, my kitty, O my kitty my dearie, Never was such a kitty as this, Never so far nor neary."

Notes

Linscott claims this is a lullaby. The second verse, perhaps; the first seems more like a rhyme a parent would use while swinging a child through the air. - RBW

References

  1. Linscott, pp. 209-210, "Here We Go Up" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Opie-Oxford2 288, "Hey, my kitten, my kitten" (1 text)
  3. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #560, p. 228, "(Oh my Kitten a Kitten)"
  4. Montgomerie-ScottishNR 51, "(Hey my kitten, my kitten)" (1 text)
  5. Roud #3748
  6. BI, Lins209