Popular Vintage Children’s Nursery Rhymes

Children’s and baby’s nursery rhymes have a long tradition, some of them being passed down through many generations for 4 or 5 centuries or more. Although intended for very young children, there are some that have quite a gruesome background and origin, although often the interpretations are disputed by nursery rhyme and other historians. 

This part of the website is here as a reminder of the nursery rhymes of old. It is inevitable, given the gap in years between being a baby or an infant, and being a parent, that parents often struggle to remember the nursery rhymes they once knew so well. Those old rhymes soon come back, though. 

How have I chosen the most popular nursery rhymes? In a very biased way, I must admit. These are the nursery rhymes I can recall personally from the England of the 1950’s. Many, of course, go back some centuries before then. 

Below there is an index of the nursery rhymes for which you will find the words on this website, for your convenience. Recognize them all? 

Nursery Rhyme Index 

* “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.”  

* “Cry, Baby Bunting.” 

* “Christmas is Coming” 

* “Ding Dong Bell” 

* “Doctor Foster” 

* “Frère Jacques” 

* “Georgie Porgie” 

* “Goosey Gander” 

* “Grand Old Duke of York” 

* “Hey Diddle Diddle” 

* “Hickory Dickory Dock” 

* “Horsey Horsey” 

* “Hot Cross Buns” 

* “Humpty Dumpty” 

* “Hush Little Baby” 

* “I’m a Little Teapot” 

* “Incy Wincy Spider” 

* “Jack and Jill” 

* “Jack Be Nimble” 

* “Jack Sprat” 

* “Ladybird Ladybird” 

* “Little Bo Peep” 

* “Little Boy Blue” 

* “Little Jack Horner” 

* “Little Miss Muffet” 

* “Little Tommy Tucker” 

* “London Bridge is falling down” 

* “Lucy Locket” 

* “Mary Had a Little Lamb” 

* “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” 

* “Monday’s Child” 

* “Old King Cole” 

* “Old Mother Hubbard” 

* “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” 

* “One, Two, Three, Four, Five” 

* “Oranges and Lemons” 

* “Pat A Cake, Pat A Cake Bakers Man” 

* “Polly Put the Kettle On” 

* “Pop Goes the Weasel” 

* “Pussy Cat Pussy Cat” 

* “Rain Rain Go Away” 

* “Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross” 

* “Ring a Ring O’Roses” 

* “Rock-a-Bye Baby” 

* “Row, Row, Row the Boat” 

* “Rub A Dub Dub” 

* “See Saw Margery Daw” 

* “Simple Simon” 

* “Sing a Song of Sixpence” 

* “Star Light, Star Bright” 

* “Solomon Grundy” 

* “There Was A Crooked Man” 

* “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” 

* “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe” 

* “This Is The House That Jack Built” 

* “This Little Piggy” 

* “This Old Man” 

* “Three Blind Mice” 

* “Tinker, Tailor” 

* “Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son” 

* “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” 

* “What Are Little Boys Made Of?” 

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