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Alphabe Thursday G is for Goosey Goosey Gander

July 3, 2014


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.

I took him by the left leg

And threw him down the stairs.

This nursery rhyme always puzzles me; so I wasn’t surprised to read that the first four lines don’t actually belong with the other four.  How does that happen?

The last  four are rather like a another poem which school children  address to the crane -fly better known as a daddy-long-legs.  While pulling off its legs they repeat.

Old father Long-Legs

Can’t say his prayers:

Take him by the left leg,

And throw him down the stairs.

I really hoped to discover that was a legitimate reason why children should sing such a horrible song but sadly I didn’t

I just hope that we encourage our children to care for daddy-long-legs and old men even if they don’t or can’t say their prayers; and say Thanks but no thanks to this unlovely song.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2014 6:06 pm

    I remember this nursery rhyme as a child. 🙂

    • July 3, 2014 6:29 pm

      I am glad you remembered it with a 🙂 Nursery Rhymes were joyful I remember xxx

  2. July 3, 2014 7:50 pm

    I remember this one!

  3. July 3, 2014 10:18 pm

    I, too, remember this nursery rhyme. It seems to me that rhymes such as this one were generally inspired by some horrible occurance, such as a plague. Ring Around A Rosey was such a rhyme.

  4. Karen S. permalink
    July 4, 2014 2:04 pm

    Good memories!

  5. July 4, 2014 5:17 pm

    Very interesting. It seems that a lot of fairy tales and other children’s verse is ugly. Not sure exactly why; maybe to scare youngsters into good behavior. {:-D

    • July 4, 2014 5:44 pm

      I think you are dead right!! That’s how I was bought up! Ugly times!!

  6. July 13, 2014 9:47 pm

    I remember this!

    It’s funny but when I read those as a child and to my CHILDREN I was never struck by the violence in them as I am now.

    What a glorious and grand link for the letter G.

    Thank you.


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