Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Children's Songs

Hickory, dickory, dock (Traditionul)      

From "A Song-book of Folk and Pop Music" by Mario Papa & Giuliano Iantorno, Zanichelli Editore, Bologna, 1977          


Hickory, dickory, dock,

The mouse ran up the dock.

The dock struck one,

The mouse ran down,

Hickory, dickory, dock.


Ring a ring of roses



Ring a ring of roses

A pocket full of posies'

A-tishoo, a-tishoo z

We all fall down.


1. Posies: a little bunch of flowers

2. A-tishoo: the sound of a sneeze



Sing a song of sixpence



Sing a song of sixpence

A pocket full of rye,

Four and twenty blackbirds

Baked in the pie.

When thc pie was opened,

The birds began to sing,

Oh, wasn't that a dainty dish

To put before the king.


The king was in his counting house,

Counting out his money.

The queen was in the parlour,

Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,

Hanging out the clothes,

When down came a blackbird

And pecked off her nose.


Nursery rhymes

Many nursery rhy­mes are sung and have thus been in­cluded in the reper­toire of folk singers. They are distinguis­hed from ballads, love songs and work songs by their humourous and non­sensìcal contents. Their origin is as ancient as it is obscure.

Some, líke  ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock ', are counting rhymes; others, such as `I gave my love a cherry that has no bone ', are riddles; some are lullabies. Some, like `Sing a song of sixpence ', which is supposed to allude to the dissolu­tion of the monas­teries by Henry VIII, contain political sati­re in a veiled form. ‘Ring a ring of roses ', the English variety of  'Giro giro tondo ', is popularly thought to allude to the Great Plague, the roses being the first signs of the illness, ‘ we all fall down ' the inevitable conclu­sion.