Aiken Drum

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Aiken Drum is an old folk song of Scottish origin. It was first printed by James James Hogg in Jacobite Reliques in 1820, as a Jacobite song about the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715 during the Jacobite rebellion in England and Scotland.

The song speaks about a man named Aiken Drum who played his music upon a ladle and the clothes he wore were made using different food products. One of the many versions about the meaning of the songs words says that Aiken Drum was a would-be soldier, and is celebrating his call up to the military by covering himself with various items of food.

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Hector, United Kingdom

26 December 2012 at 6:42pm

i remember the last verse was And along came Mr greedyguts, Mr greedyguts, Mr greedyguts, And along came Mr greedyguts, and he ate up Aiken Drum. And even ate the ladle, the ladle, the ladle, And even ate the ladle, and he ate up Aiken Drum.

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Louise, United Kingdom

18 October 2011 at 10:18pm

what about the part with the spaghetti hair? im sure theres more to this song

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Juan, Colombia

18 February 2011 at 12:57am

I am English teacher. Your page is really excellent. Thanks.

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Roxanne, United States

27 January 2011 at 12:45am

I sang this song with many preschool and kindergarten groups. We always built Aiken Drum"s head and face out of vegetables and fruits and other foods as we sang it. The kids all loved it!

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Mary, United States

25 October 2010 at 8:36pm

This is a wonderful song, I heard it for the first time when I was a kid on a TV show they used to play on PBS called Let's All Sing with Tony Salitan, a very delightful song! Yes it is alot more fun when the kids get to supply the parts of his body. I loved it when the teacher let us sing it that way and we all got to think up a part of his body and sing it when our turn came. I hope they keep the tradition going!

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Artica, Michigan

23 April 2010 at 11:03pm

His hair was made of spaghetti!

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Nikola, United States

10 February 2010 at 1:39pm

i live withe my mum my nan my brother my dad.

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Nicky, Bristol

17 October 2009 at 3:05pm

I used to have a video with nursery rhymes in it, and I will always remember this song, as in the video, they had an actor dancing around with all these foodstuffs on him, something in which the sillyness of seeing someone grown-up act this way appealed to me very much. I especially remember that in this version, his hair was made of spaghetti ! :D

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Amelie, Frankfurt Usa

29 May 2009 at 11:15pm

I never realized that this song had set words. My son's preschool always had the children supply the parts of Aiken Drum's body, e.g., "his hair was made of French fries, French fries, French fries" "His eyes were made of olives, olives, olives" "His teeth were made of corn, corn, corn" etc, etc. This was much more fun, and can keep the children occupied for several times through...good for car rides or other waits. And if you have crayons or markers, the children can draw a picture of Aiken Drum with his carrot stick fingers and apricot ears, or whatever. Since my son is now 31, that was a while ago. I don't know if his preschool invented doing it this way, but I'm guessing not...anyone?

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