This Old Man

About this nursery rhyme

"This Old Man" is an English language children's song


This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb. (on a drum, on my tongue)
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe.
(etc.)

This old man, he played three,
He played knick-knack on my knee. (on my tree)
(etc.)

This old man, he played four,
He played knick-knack on my door. (on the floor)
(etc.)

This old man, he played five,
He played knick-knack on my hive. (on my knife, on the drive, making a dive, on my thigh, way up high)
(etc.)

This old man, he played six,
He played knick-knack with some sticks.
(etc.)

This old man, he played seven,
He played knick-knack up in heaven. (on my oven, down in Devon)
(etc.)

This old man, he played eight,
He played knick-knack on my gate. (on my plate, on my pate)
(etc.)

This old man, he played nine,
He played knick-knack on my spine. (in a line)
(etc.)

This old man, he played ten,
He played knick-knack once again. (home again, on my pen, on my shin, on my hen, now and then)
(etc.)

This old man, he played eleven,
He played knick-knack on the way to heaven. (down to Devon)
(etc.)

This old man, he played twelve,
He played knick-knack on my shelf.
(etc.)

This old man, he played thirteen,
He played knick-knack on my curtain.
(etc.)

This old man, he played fourteen,
He played knick-knack in the autumn.
(etc.)

This old man, he played fifteen,
He collects bronze coins marked 'Ich Dien'.
(etc.)

This old man, ten add six,
He played knick-knack on my bricks,
(etc.)

This old man, ten plus seven,
He played knick-knack on my bedding,
(etc.)

This old man, ten plus eight,
He played knick-knack on my slate,
(etc.)

This old man, ten plus nine,
He played knick-knack on my twine.
(etc.)

This old man, ten plus ten,
He played knick-knack once again. (on my pen, on my shin, on my hen)
(etc.)

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