This American folk song is believed to date back to Elizabethan times. Pete Seeger gave the song new lyrics and a new arrangement. The Weavers recorded the song in 1951 using Seeger’s lyrics and arrangement. It sold over a million copies and reached number two on the Billboard chart and number one on the Cash Box chart. The song has also been recorded by Burl Ives and Harry Belafonte. Tom Glazer parodied the song in 1963 as On Top of Spaghetti. The song was played in 1971 during a jam for John Lennon’s birthday.The jam session involved John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Maureen Starkey, Klaus Voormann and Phil Spector among others.