This song is African-American in origin. Instead of "come ride with me," the original lyrics for this song are often sung as "who'll moan for me?" but were most likely "who'll mourn for me?", presumably because the singer is "a long way from home" and wonders who will miss him or her. Both "who'll moan for me" and "who'll mourn for me" are much more musical and enjoyable to sing than "come ride with me," but do require some explaining for very young children. The phrase "come ride with me" is a simple alternative, and works well with the movement activity. Recommended for Grades PreK-1.
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