Down By The River Nursery Rhyme- Lyrics, Video, and Printable

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?

Videos for Down By The River



Samantha Bellerose has a Bachelor of Education as well as a Diploma in Performing Arts. She is a mom to four children and is passionate about education and learning. Samantha created Nursery Rhyme Central as the go to place for parents, teachers and carers about all things to do with Nursery Rhymes. She is also the Main Author and creator for websites Dance Parent 101 and Move Dance Learn, where she shares her knowledge and expertise for dance and learning through movement.

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