English songs for kids

This Old Man


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This old man he played one
He played knick knack on my thumb
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played two
He played knick-knack on my shoe
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played three
He played knick-knack on my knee
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played four
He played knick-knack on my door
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played five
He played knick-knack on my hive
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played six
He played knick-knack on my sticks
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played seven
He played knick-knack up to heaven
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played eight
He played knick-knack on my gate
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played nine
He played knick-knack on my line
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man he played ten
He played knick-knack over again
With a knick-knack paddywhack
Give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home


This Old Man is an English song that was published in 1906. It is still very popular among children all over the world.


This counting song, also known as Knick, Knack, Paddy Whack, was recorded in 1953 by the American folk singer Pete Seeger.


This Old Man is a favourite tune of Lieutenant Columbo (played by Peter Falk). He often whistles it and that keeps him in a good spirit.


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