7 Old Ladies

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Oh, dear, what can the matter be
Seven old ladies got locked in the lavat'ry
They were there from Sunday 'till Saturday
Nobody knew they were there.

The first to come in was the minister's daughter
(The first was the Bishop of Chichester's daughter)
She went in to pass some superfluous water
She pulled on the chain and the rising tide caught her
And nobody knew she was there.

The next to come in was dear Mrs. Mason
The stalls were all full so she pissed in the basin
And that is the water that I washed my face in
And nobody knew she was there.

The third old lady was Amelia Garpickle;
Her urge was sincere, her reaction was fickle.
She hurdled the door; she'd forgotten her nickel,
And nobody knew she was there.

The forth to come was old Mrs. Humphrey
She shifted and jiggled to get herself comfy
Then to her dismay, she could not get her bum free
And nobody knew she was there.

The fifth to come in, it was old Mrs. Draper
She sat herself down, and then found there was no paper
She had to clean up with a plasterer's scraper
And nobody knew she was there.

The sixth old lady was Emily Clancy;
She went there 'cause something tickled her fancy,
But when she got there it was ants in her pantsy
And nobody knew she was there.

The seventh old lady was Elizabeth Bender;
She went there to repair a broken suspender.
(But how in the world she got a suspender)
It snapped up and ruined her feminine gender,
(Caught up in the site of the feminine gender)
And nobody knew she was there
( I 'aven't the slightest idea. ).

The janitor came in the early morning.
He opened the door without any warning,
The seven old ladies their seats were adorning,
And nobody knew they were there.

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Information About 7 Old Ladies

Not much information could be found on 7 Old Ladies, because the rhyme is actually not an original nursery rhyme. It is actually a parody.

The original was "What Can the Matter Be?' also referred to as "Johnny's So Long at the Fair". This was a traditional nursery rhyme that can be be tracked back as far as the 1780s in England.

There are several variations on its lyrics. The melody has been used as a parody for many songs, and most contain the phrase "What can the matter be?' in the lyrics. The variation shown on this page was not the first parody. This particular variation later became an Irish pub song.

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Missy, Lao People's Democratic Republic

18 July 2016 at 8:55am

That's a sensible answer to a chaellnging question

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connor cea, United States

18 December 2014 at 4:41am

hahha that song was weird alot

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Diana, Georgetown ontario canada

15 August 2014 at 11:53am

This is a really cute song but i think it would be meant for a family outing instead of a school trip lol.

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Liberty Blake, United Kingdom

28 March 2013 at 6:11pm

Wow this song was nice!

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Chuck, Pakistan

13 February 2013 at 5:58pm

cool chiz bro

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Lilly, United States

3 March 2012 at 10:58pm

coool soooong!

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Steve Woodall, United States

12 October 2011 at 9:07pm

There's another version, with only three old ladies, including this one for Miss Pryor (the other two were Bender and Humphrey). Here goes: The third one's name was little Miss Pryor. She wasn't a peer, but only a trier. The level of water grew higher and higher. But nobody knew she was there. The source of this verse was the late Chuck Havens, from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, as remembered by Ann Suich, Clayton, Georgia.

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Rukhsar, United Kingdom

20 February 2011 at 8:26pm

It is excellent. But i reeally wish i could sing with the song at the background and someone could sing the song.

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Bla Bla, Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of

19 February 2011 at 1:05pm

this song is great

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Iona, Scotland

24 September 2010 at 9:50pm

how fun

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Desire, San Luis Obispo, Ca

19 August 2010 at 3:54am

I thought this song was cute but I was a little surprised to see a curse word AND reference to "feminine gender" part of the body. Guess this isn't one I'll be singing to my 5 year old...

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Iona, Scotland

28 July 2010 at 2:47pm

hi i like the song but i like to see the song out on cd

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Samai, Pacoima, Ca

24 May 2010 at 9:03pm

old ladies are awesome ;):0

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Maryann, Houston Texas

20 May 2010 at 1:48pm

I love these songs to death.

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Bob, Blyth

4 March 2010 at 8:48am


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Meranda, Edinburg

20 January 2010 at 1:05am


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Chloe, Wellington And New Zealand

27 June 2009 at 2:02am

can you send the tune because I don't know it but I really like the song.

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Christine, Ma, America

6 June 2009 at 2:15am

This is really cool! But I really wish there was someone singing... But anyway, this was really cool! ;D

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Ashley, Mi Usa

8 May 2009 at 12:50am

this is a funny thingamajig..lol

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