White Coral Bells

White Coral Bells upon a slender stalk
Lilly of the Valley deck my garden walk
Oh don't you wish that you could hear them ring?
That can only happen when the fairies sing

This was one of my favourite songs as a Brownie. Something about the beautiful, slightly haunting melody just sort of transported me to a magical garden land full of little fairies and pixies and other assorted magical creatures.

The song originated in a Girl Guide Publication called Sing a Song for Sixes in 1975.

Sing A Song For Sixes - 1975 Brownie Song Book From Girl Guides Of Canada

White Coral Bells is generally sung during Round 4, or “Marshmallow time” of a campfire. It’s a great song for when everyone wants to keep singing, but not to be silly and energetic. It’s a fantastic song for singing in rounds.

This week, however, I am going to be teaching it to my Sparks during opening circle!


  1. If you will read other sources, you will find that White Coral Bells appeared in print in 1916, without attribution, and is believed to be an English folk round, like London Bridge. The 1975 book, like many others of its sort, is merely a collection of well-known songs.


  2. This song did not originate in 1975.

    Though I don’t know the entire history of its origin ( though my guess is Celtic 19th century);
    I learned this song as a Brienie in 1958 and sang it on rounds while we flew up
    To Girl Scouts in fourth grade.

    Thank you!


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