1)On Top of Old Smokey

On Top of Old Smokey” or “On Top of Old Smoky” is a traditional nursery rhyme and folksong.

There isn’t any evidence about the origin of this song and its author is unknown. Most commonly the lyrics are connected with the Great Smoky or Smokey Mountains located along the Tennessee and North Carolina border, an area populated by Irish and Scottish people. It is believed that the song dates back to the 1840s. However, it was first recorded in 1911 by Belden, in the USA.

Like most nursery rhymes, this has some very odd imagery, which has favorite of nursery students and enjoys a lot singing a rhyme.

On top of old smokey

On top of old Smokey,

All covered with snow,

I lost my true lover

From courtin’ too slow.

From courtin’ too slow, dear,

From courtin’ too slow,

I lost my true lover

From courtin’ too slow.

On top of old Smokey,

I went for to weep,

For a false-hearted lover

Is worse than a thief.

Is worse than a thief, dear,

Is worse than a thief,

For a false-hearted lover

Is worse than a thief.

For a thief, he will rob you,

Of all that you have,

But a false-hearted lover

Will send you to your grave.

Will send you to your grave, dear,

Will send you to your grave,

But a false-hearted lover

Will send you to your grave.

He’ll hug you and kiss you,

And tell you more lies,

Than the ties of the railroad

Or the stars in the skies.

The stars in the skies, dear,

The stars in the skies,

He’ll tell you more lies, dear,

than the stars in the skies.

                                               

2)Solomon Grundy-

“Solomon Grundy” is a poem and traditional nursery rhyme dating back to the 19th century England.

The lyrics were first recorded in 1842 by nursery rhyme and fairy-tale collector James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. The song was translated in different languages like French, German and Italian and it is also used as an educational tool to teach children the days of the weeks in English, as Solomon Grundy is very easy to memorize.

The Solomon Grundy poem is a nursery rhyme that tells the life story of a man using the days of the week. The song is telling the story of Solomon Grundy, a man who, metaphorically, lives and dies his entire life in one single week. Born on Monday, each day of the week he is growing older facing a different stage of his life, and his life ends on Saturday.

Solomon grundy

Solomon Grundy,

Born on a Monday,

Christened on Tuesday,

Married on Wednesday,

Took ill on Thursday,

Grew worse on Friday,

Died on Saturday,

Buried on Sunday.

That was the end,

Of Solomon Grundy.

                                         

3)Eeny Meeny Miny Moe-

“Eeny, meeny, miny, moe” is a popular counting rhyme and singing game.

It is very hard to establish the exact origin of the song as it has so many accepted forms, in different languages and countries. In fact, Eeny, meeny, miny, moe is part of a large collection of Counting-out rhymes, used in playground games, since the early 19th century.

“Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” is a very fun nursery rhyme! It contains some strange and funny words that the kids think it is very fun to sing. Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe has many variations

Eeny meeny miny moe

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

Catch a tiger by the toe

If he hollers let him go!

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

O-U-T spells out

You are not it

Pig snout you are out

Out goes Y-O-U

                                         

4)Pop goes the weasel –

Pop Goes the Weasel” is a nursery rhyme originating in England.

It is one of the more popular singing games. Although the first written records of the song date back to the mid 19th century, it is believed that the origins of the song go back to the 18th century England.

There is much debate regarding the meaning of this rhyme. It is widely believed that the Eagle mentioned in the song refers to the Eagle Tavern near the City Road in North London. Thus, it is easy to assume that originally, the song refers to drinking at the Eagle Tavern. However, there are plenty of theories about the meaning of the last verse, which gives the song’s title as well. Like most nursery rhymes, this has some very odd imagery, which has led to much debate as to the meaning and origin of this rhyme

Pop goes weasel

Half a pound of tuppenny rice,

Half a pound of treacle.

That’s the way the money goes,

Pop! goes the weasel.

Up and down the City road,

In and out the Eagle,

That’s the way the money goes,

Pop! goes the weasel

                                         

5)baa baa black sheep-

Like Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star or the Alphabet song, the English version of “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” has its origin in an old French song from 1761 Ah, Vous dirai-je, mama! By Louis Le Maire, sharing the same tune.

Although in the past the “Baa-Baa Black Sheep” rhyme was related to the Middle’s Ages wool industry and festivity, today its purpose is more an educational one, the children being able not only to learn about life in the countryside but also to imitate the sound made by sheep.

Baa baa black sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir,

Three bags full.

One for the master,

One for the dame,

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane

                                         

6)little boy blue-

Dating back to the 16th century England “Little Boy Blue” is a traditional nursery rhyme, first published in 1744, in Tommy Thumb’s collection, the Little songbook.

“Little Boy Bule” has a similar theme and origin as Little Bo Peep. One of the oldest references of Little Boy Blue lyrics can be found in King Lear play by W. Shakespeare. 

The Little Bo Peep character was attributed to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the arrogant son of an Ipswich rich man, who was a butcher. Wolsey was a very unpopular person among English people, nicknamed the “Boy Bachelor” after he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at Oxford University at only 15 years old. He was quickly promoted in different positions, becoming one of the best employers in the King’s administrative and diplomatic services. He was also the creator of the imperious Hampton Court Palace, a medieval manor house until that time.

Little boy blue

Little Boy Blue come blow your horn,

The sheep’s in the meadow the cow’s in the corn.

But where’s the boy who looks after the sheep?

He’s under a haystack fast asleep.

Will you wake him? No, not I – for if I do, he’s sure to cry.

                                        

7)hey diddle diddle-

This traditional nursery rhyme dates back to the 18th century England. We don’t know the exact origins of ”Hey Diddle Diddle” but the first known version of the song was published in 1765 under the title “High Diddle Diddle”.

Hey Diddle Diddle is a popular nursery rhyme about a cat, a cow, and a dog. The story in the song Hey Diddle Diddle takes place in a fantasy world, where the cat plays the fiddle and the cow is jumping over the moon. This makes the rhyme popular among the children, and we think it also stimulates their creativity in a great way.

Hey diddle diddle

Hey diddle diddle,

The Cat and the fiddle,

The Cow jumped over the moon,

The little Dog laughed to see such sport,

And the Dish ran away with the Spoon

                                       

8)Humpty Dumpty-

Usually represented by an egg, “Humpty Dumpty” is a famous character in an English nursery rhyme. In the 17th century “Humpty dumpty” was the name of a kind of brandy and the term was also used as a slang to describe a dull person. Exactly like an egg, if such a clumsy person would fall down from a wall, this would be an irremediable thing.

Humpty Dumpty is a traditional English nursery rhyme about an egg. It was first time published in 1803 in England. In other words, this nursery rhyme has been used for generations. But Humpty Dumpty is still popular, and it is used in many preschools and schools all over USA and UK. After singing this rhyme, you can tell the children they have to be careful with heights. This song may make kids respect heights.

Humpty dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the King’s men

Could not put Humpty together again.

                                       

9)rub a dub dub-

Rub-a-dub-dub” is a Traditional nursery rhyme dating back to the late 18th century England.

The rhyme has many known versions and it was first recorded in 1798 in the “Christmas Box” collection, in London. In the original version as it appeared both in England and in the USA (Boston), the song was talking about three maids instead of three men.

Rub a Dub Dub (or Dub a Dub Dub) is a short nursery rhyme. But it is fun, and the kids love singing it! Maybe you used to sing Rub a Dub Dub back in your own childhood? Your great-great-great grandparents probably also used to the song.

Rub a dub dub

Rub-a-dub-dub,

Three men in a tub.

And who do you think they were?

The butcher, the baker,

The candlestick-maker.

They all sailed out to sea,

That was enough to make a man stare.

                                       

10)mary had a little lamb-

Mary Had a Little Lamb” is a beautiful rhyme for kids telling the story of a girl who one day is taking her lamb to school. The lyrics belong to American writer Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879) and the musical sheet was written by the composer Lowel Mason in the 1830s.

The story of Mary Had a Little Lamb originates from a true story. It happened to a 14-year-old girl whose name was Mary Sawyer who, encouraged by her brother, is taking her lamb with her to school. Of course, she couldn’t keep her pet unnoticed and the lamb was soon everybody’s distraction, becoming famous for this.

Mary had a little lamb

Mary had a little lamb,

whose fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,

the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day

which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play,

to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,

but still it lingered near,

And waited patiently about,

till Mary did appear.

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”

the eager children cry.

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”

the teacher did reply

                                       

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