Down By The River is a popular children’s song about a girl washing her clothes by her river. The song’s origins are unclear, but it’s been kept alive orally from generation to generation. Despite its unclear origins, it remains an integral part of everyday learning for kids.
Lyrics for Down By The River
Down by the river where the green grass grows,
There sits Mary washing her clothes.
She sings, she sings, she sings so sweet.
She calls to her sweetheart across the street.
Patrick, Patrick won’t you come to tea,
Come next Sunday at half past three.
Tea cakes, lardy cakes, everything you’ll see.
Oh, won’t we have a jolly time at half past three?