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|"Goosey Goosey Gander"
The most common modern version of the lyrics is:
Goosey goosey gander,
Whither shall I wander?
Upstairs and downstairs
And in my lady's chamber.
There I met an old man
Who wouldn't say his prayers,
So I took him by his left leg
And threw him down the stairs.
The earliest recorded version of this rhyme is in Gammer Gurton's Garland or The Nursery Parnassus published in London in 1784. Like most early versions of the rhyme it does not include the last four lines:
Goose-a goose-a gander,
Where shall I wander?
Up stairs and down stairs,
In my lady's chamber;
There you'll find a cup of sack
And a race of ginger.
Some versions have the additional concluding lines:
The stairs went crack,
He nearly broke his back.
And all the little ducks went,
'Quack, quack, quack'
Old father Long-Legs
Can't say his prayers:
take him by the left leg,
And throw him downstairs.
According to amateur historian Chris Roberts, the rhyme is heavily linked to the propaganda campaign against the Catholic Church during the reign of King Henry VIII. However, there is no corroborative evidence to support this claim.
And don't forget
When your elders forget
To say their prayers
Take them by the legs
And throw them down the stairs
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