10 Little Indians

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Lyrics

One little, two little, three little Indians
Four little, five little, six little Indians
Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians
Ten little Indian boys.

Ten little, nine little, eight little Indians
Seven little, six little, five little Indians
Four little, three little, two little Indians
One little Indian boy.

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Information About 10 Little Indians

The original song "10 Little Indians" was composed by Septimus Winner in 1868, written specifically for a minstrel show and was much more elaborate than the song that we now know and was known then as "Ten Little Injuns".

This is a children's rhyming song that can be sung to the tune of "Michael Finnegan". It is a repetitive song which makes it easy to sing and helps with counting backwards.

There are many versions of this song that have been used in shows and books previously and the song has been quoted in many novels, like Agatha Christies, And Then There Were None.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This song has Indian boys and girls

One little two little three little Indians
Four little five little six little Indians
Seven little eight little nine little Indians
Ten little Indians boys and girls.

They jumped in the boat and the boat tipped over
They jumped in the boat and the boat tipped over
They jumped in the boat and the boat tipped over
Ten little Indians boys and girls.

They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore
They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore
They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore
Ten little Indians boys and girls.

They ran and they ran and they ran to their mothers
They ran and they ran and they ran to their mothers
They ran and they ran and they ran to their mothers
Ten little Indians boys and girls.

They slept and they slept and they slept til the morning
They slept and they slept and they slept til the morning
They slept and they slept and they slept til the morning
Ten little Indians boys and girls.

You Can Add This Verse As Well

She hugged them she kissed them she put them to bed
She hugged them she kissed them she put them to bed
She hugged them she kissed them she put them to bed
Ten little Indian boys.

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69 Comments

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A Native Historian and Activist, United States

28 July 2015 at 10:05pm

Yes, it is offensive. I'm not sure why there seems to be any question as to that fact. I find it seriously perturbing that there are those who do not see the the blatant racism of this song. This song IS incredibly racist. It should be removed from this website, and people should stop teaching it to children, as it only perpetuates negative and stereotypical views of Native people. In the more modern version posted here, it 'only' reduces Native people to something to be counted. It dehumanizes and marginalizes us. Older versions of the song were much worse, essentially about genocide and used a racial slur to refer to Native people, describing how each "little Injun" died horrifically. There was also a popular version used in blackface minstrel shows called "Ten Little Niggers," based on the original "Ten Little Injuns." The racism in this song may be more subtle, but, make no mistake, it is there. The atrocities that have been and continue to be committed against Native Americans in a nation that supposedly believes in freedom, justice, and equality for all people are horrendous, and yet most people are completely ignorant of it, in no small part due to failings of the public education system. All songs, poems, rhymes, etc. that denigrate a group of people based on their race, religion, or anything else for that matter, should have no place in this world, especially in schools. The only reasonable exception I can see is if they are used to research and study the history of racism, which hopefully one day will be completely a thing of the past.

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Oh Fended, Odawa Nation

18 June 2015 at 2:12am

One little two little three little white boys, four little five little six little whiteys, seven little eight little nine little white folks, to little ignorant fools. One little whitey got hooked on cocaine, another little whitey died his name Cobain, a third paleface crook ripped off poor folks, they all need to go away.

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John Apache, An Indian Reservation Near You

12 May 2015 at 2:39pm

personally I feel neutral toward this song. Wait actually I am very offended!!! Grrr

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John Apache, An Indian Reservation Near You

12 May 2015 at 2:39pm

personally I feel neutral toward this song

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StarChild, USA

7 March 2015 at 8:19pm

Native Americans are the true Natives of the USA and they went through hell and still lost their land and were put on Reservations. They are in most cases treated like 5th class citizens while Black and Latinos have moved up more. Thank you Lord! Native Americans were called Indians because Christopher Columbus found this country while looking for a shorter route to India but most settlers and American pronounce the name incorrectly E (Endian) and worse names even in the "50's and still today. Many have made great strive there in all branches of the military and other good jobs. In order to annihilate and drive the Native Americans from the American landscape they killed off most of the Buffalo, they tried breeding them out but too many (having blue eyes and blonde hair is better), making it mandatory for the young children to go to English specking school and they have men to kidnap these children (more untold torment). Americans in power couldn't stand when the Native Americans did well. Making them travel in mid-winter once gold was discovered on their land or from a new reservation when they turn barren land into a garden by irrigating the land, given unclean blankets in winter and give rotten and bad food. But you may read ½ pargrapher of the Native American who stated and developed Landscaping if you take up the class. Some governors in so states hired and paid men to kill as many Natives as they could, but you want find that in the history books. Almost driving the Natives into extinction with a few in their group but mostly outsiders.

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claire, United States

8 December 2014 at 10:06pm

@nathan from New Zealand it's not that the USA thinks that everything is about them, when Christopher Colombus found the new world he thought he had landed in the country of India and therefore called the native people "Indians" but he didn't make it to India and instead he was calling 'native Americans' as 'Indians' and it has been a name for them ever since

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Mac, Wyoming, USA

5 October 2014 at 2:02am

Americans are sick! Sick, because they think any mention of Indians by other Americans must be derogatory, and also that any mention of boys must mean that girls are being excluded. Just SICK!

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Bianca, United States

18 July 2014 at 12:27pm

I like this stuff.

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sam, indins

13 June 2014 at 12:03am

love

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Nathan, New Zealand

30 May 2014 at 10:57am

Why are so many Americans so self absorbed they think everything has to be about the USA? India is a country. Indians are from India.

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SEAL, Antarctica

15 January 2014 at 2:30pm

Hi guys i am from Antartica really!

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silvana, Italy

28 September 2013 at 12:51pm

Thank you for your nice sing. I teach English and my children enjoi it.

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Lauren, United Kingdom

3 May 2013 at 6:35pm

We sing about 'teddy bears' at my nursery the boat flips over, they swim to the shore, shake u til they're dry and then dance all through the night! Very fun and they love to song it. Never heard of this version!

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Kiesha, Malaysia

23 March 2013 at 4:45pm

Emma is from Malaysia too?

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Kiesha, Malaysia

23 March 2013 at 4:44pm

I will want to tell, the ORIGINAL song "Ten Little Indians" when I was in school goes like this, "1 little 2 little 3 little Indians, 4 little 5 little 6 little Indians, 7 little 8 little 9 little Indians.... (then I forgot. Sorry!)

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Emma, Malaysia

20 February 2013 at 1:27pm

kids song is not stupid! who agrees?

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Emma, Australia

20 February 2013 at 1:26pm

my name iss Emma too!

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Miley, United States

20 February 2013 at 1:17pm

I really enjoy this song... Indians not only come from India but they also come from Malaysia.. 1 Malaysia they say... Comes from all religion.. It does not offend indians.Its just cute names thats all.I totally agree with Alicia fromRomania.. :D

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Alicia, Romania

20 February 2013 at 1:14pm

I think that this song does not offend anyone.Its just a normal counting song involving 'little indians'.It does not say any bad things about indians.Other than that , i really enjoyed that song when i was a kid.I still do now! but not sooo much like when i was small of course... btw: it is soooo NOT teasing indians..

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Someone, United States

4 January 2013 at 5:19pm

Seeing as we are no longer aloud to call native americans indians a mistake made by christopher columbus when he landed here wouldn't the song be referring to the real indians of ... India... I would have to agree we sing all kinds of songs from ring around the rosie to londan bridges... Children are so innocent they aren't prejudice or raciest and singing a song that teaches counting in a fun way... I mean we sing ten in the bed about the depression... really its counting

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