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Goosey Goosey Gander

                   
"Goosey Goosey Gander"
Roud #6488
Written by Traditional
Published 1784
Written England
Language English
Form Nursery rhyme

"Goosey Goosey Gander" is an English language Nursery Rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 6488.

Contents

  Lyrics

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.[1]

  Alternative versions

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.[1]

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'[2]

Iona and Peter Opie note records of a separate rhyme referring to the Crane fly recorded from about 1780, which they suggest may have been amalgamated with this rhyme in the early nineteenth century:

Old father Long-Legs
Can't say his prayers:
take him by the left leg,
And throw him downstairs.[1]

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.[3] However, there is no corroborative evidence to support this claim.

  Cultural references

  Books

  Music

And don't forget
When your elders forget
To say their prayers
Take them by the legs
And throw them down the stairs

  Television

  • In Sapphire and Steel Adventure 1 (1979) Rob, the young boy, is forced to recite a snippet of the nursery rhyme - the origin of the nursery rhyme is given in this story as from the time of the English Civil war and refers to Parliamentarian Roundheads doing door-to-door searches for hiding Royalists and evidence of Royalist sympathisers.
  • In Upstairs, Downstairs (1971 British TV series), the last episode is titled Whither shall I wander?, while the subsequent verse of the rhyme, Upstairs and downstairs, evidently recalls the title of the TV series itself.

  Notes

  1. ^ a b c I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), pp. 191-2.
  2. ^ Kear, Janet (2010). Man and Wildfowl. T & AD Poyser Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4081-3762-8. http://books.google.com/books?id=3QfDYeWiUyAC&pg=PT339&dq=%22stairs+went+crack+he+nearly+broke+his+back+and+all+the+little+ducks+went+quack+quack%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IccQT6ihOeGZiAKA1M3qDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22stairs%20went%20crack%20he%20nearly%20broke%20his%20back%20and%20all%20the%20little%20ducks%20went%20quack%20quack%22&f=false. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  3. ^ C. Roberts, Heavy words lightly thrown: the reason behind the rhyme (Granta, 2004), p. 23.
  4. ^ Herd, David (2005-11-12). "Attention, shoppers". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/nov/12/featuresreviews.guardianreview21. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
   
               

 

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