Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose

also known as Hey, Ho, Nobody Home or Peace Round
Words are traditional, except as noted below. Tune is traditional.


This example of "Peace Round" is performed by Bards in a Box 
Please refer to Cantaria's Copyright information

Notes: There are many verses and variations to this round.  You can sing each verse together in unison but mix up the verses, as in the first clip above; or you can pick a particular verse and sing it as a traditional round. Vary your beginning and ending pieces for different effect/mood. It lends itself to writing your own verses, too.
The Digital Tradition form has several longstanding discussion threads about this song with hundreds of variations:
After plowing through them, I come to the conclusion that everyone knows this song, but nobody actually knows where/when it came from.
Lyr Req: 'Rose, Rose' round: More verses?
Tune req: Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose (Traditional)
Rose, rose, rose, rose  
query: rose, rose, rose  
'Rose' or 'Peace' round - counter-verses/variants
Lyr Req: Rose -- Campfire round 

Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose
Will I ever see thee wed? [or: red]
I will marry at thy will, sire,
At thy will.

Hey, ho, nobody's home
Meat nor drink nor money have I none
Still I will be very, very merry
Hey, ho, nobody's home.

Ding dong, ding dong
Wedding bells on an April morn
Carve my name on a moss covered stone,
On a moss covered stone.

Ding dong, ding dong
Funeral bells on a September morn,
Rose, oh Rose, is dead and gone sire,
Dead and gone.

Ah [Thou] poor bird
Take thy flight
High above the sorrows
Of this sad night

Shalom chaverim, shalom chaverim,
Shalom, shalom,
L'hitraot, l'hitraot,
Shalom, shalom

This verse is known as "Peace Round:"

What a goodly thing
If the children of the earth
Could dwell together
In peace.
(Copyright Jean Ritchie
Geordie Music Publishing, 1964, 1971)