THIS OLD MAN

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  • THIS OLD MAN
    “This Old Man” is a nursery rhyme of unknown origin. The rhyme and its associated tune
    have become well-known in popular culture through several renditions and parodies. Pete
    Seeger recorded this song in 1953. The rhyme was originally better known in the United
    Kingdom than the United States; however, this changed with the 1958 film The Inn of
    the Sixth Happiness”. In fact, the usage of the song in this film was so popular that it led
    to a hit single by Mitch Miller titled The Children’s Marching Song. Bob Dylan also
    recorded a rendition of the song included on the 1991 Disney charity album for pediatric
    AIDS called “For Our Children”. Recorded and mixed by Andrew McCartney.
    This old man, he played one;
    He played knick-knack ‘on my thumb‘ (or ‘on a drum‘).
    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.
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played three;
    He played knick-knack ‘on my knee‘ (or ‘on my tree‘).
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played four;
    He played knick-knack on my door(Or on the floor)
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played five;
    He played knick-knack ‘on my hive‘ (or ‘on my knife‘or ‘making a dive’ or ‘on my thigh’ or
    ‘way up high‘).
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played six;
    He played knick-knack with some sticks.
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played seven;
    He played knick-knack ‘up in heaven‘ (or ‘on my oven‘ or ‘on my pen’ or ‘down in
    Devon‘).
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played eight;
    He played knick-knack on my gate.
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played nine;
    He played knick-knack ‘on my spine’ (or ‘in a line’).
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played ten;
    He played knick-knack ‘once again’ (or ‘on my pen’, ‘on my shin’ or ‘on my hen‘).
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played eleven;
    He played knick-knack ‘on the way to heaven’ (or ‘down to devon’)
    With a knick-knack, paddy whack
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home
    This old man, he played twelve;
    He played knick-knack on my shelf.
    With a knick-knack paddy whack
    Give dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played thirteen;
    He played knick-knack on my curtain.
    With a knick-knack paddy whack
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played fourteen;
    He played knick-knack in the autumn.
    With a knick-knack paddy whack;
    Give a dog a bone;
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, he played fifteen,
    He collects bronze coins marked ‘Ich Dien’.
    With a knick-knack paddy-whack,
    Give a dog a bone,
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, ten add six,
    He played knick-knack on my bricks,
    With a knick-knack paddy-whack,
  • Give a dog a bone,
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, ten plus seven,
    He played knick-knack on my bedding,
    With a knick-knack paddy-whack
    Give a dog a bone,
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, ten plus eight,
    He played knick-knack on my slate,
    With a knick-knack paddy-whack,
    Give a dog a bone,
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, ten plus nine,
    He played knick-knack on my twine.
    With a knick-knack paddy-whack,
    Give a dog a bone,
    This old man came rolling home.
    This old man, ten plus ten,
    He played knick-knack on Big Ben!
    With a knick-knack paddy-whack,
    Give a dog a bone,
    This old man came rolling home