There was an Old Woman who lived in a Shoe

There was an old woman, who lived in a shoe, although I’m quite sure she knew exactly what to do. It is a very old nursery rhyme dating back to the seventeenth century. The original version reflects an era of strict discipline when children as young as five would go off to work, sometimes for more than fourteen hours a day. Nursery rhymes are an early form of song, poems to help young children learn literature and instil some discipline. Always after hearing this rhyme as a child I always wondered where their dad was, so now being even more inquisitive, I’ve added my own wee version.  We hope you enjoy this modern adaptation – which of course is probably wrong – he was definitely long gone. I’m nearly an adult now, you see.  😧

 

 

There was an old woman, who lived in a shoe

There was an old man who lived in the town

Who had so many children they didn’t know what to do

He wished he had found better things to do.

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe

There was an old man who lived in the town

She gave them some broth with plenty of bread

He mumbled in gibberish and boy did he frown

If he had less, he would at least have a vest

She kissed them all fondly and sent them to bed

Oh, how he wished he still had a bed

Instead of a sore head.

There was an old woman, who lived in a shoe There was an old man who lived in the town Who had so many children they didn’t know what to do He wished he had found better things to do. There was an old woman who lived in a shoe There was an old man who lived in the town She gave them some broth with plenty of bread He mumbled in gibberish and boy did he frown If he had less, he would at least have a vest She kissed them all fondly and sent them to bed Oh, how he wished he still had a bed Instead of a sore head

 

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Say, when will your wedding be?

If it be to-morrow day,

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