Doughnut Song

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It seems that this is another one of those songs with origins that aren't exactly known. Although since it is traditionally sung in the melody of the old 19th century song "Turkey in the Straw" and it mentions a low price of just 5 cents for a doughnut, it certainly must have been written quite a long time ago.

This song is sometimes confused with "The Donut Song" by Burl Ives, which is also well known. Plus, there are actually several similar versions under slightly different titles such as "The Donut Shop", but for the most part the story stays the same and in the end everybody gets what they want anyways, which is a delicious doughnut.

Besides this one, there are a large amount of other appetizing songs about food that kids can learn and have a lot of fun with. In fact, there is a section on this site that features a whole bunch of yummy food songs that should be suitable for children of all ages.

Helpful Hint: Consider actually having some delightful doughnuts on hand when singing this song with children, as not only is it likely that they'll instinctively want to have one either before, after, or while they're singing it, but it can also add to silliness that ensues when doing so.

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There is a different ending here

Oh, I went to the bakery for something to eat,
Because I was so hungry from my head to my feet.
So I picked up a donut and wiped off the grease,
And I handed the lady a five cent piece.

Well she looked at the nickel and she looked at me,
And she said, "Kind Sir can't you plainly see,
There's a hole in the nickel,
There's a hole right through."

Said I there's a hole in the donut too!
Strawberry Shortcake, Yum Yum!

There are a few extra lines in the beginning of this version

Oh I ran around the corner
And ran around the block
And I ran right into a donut shop
And I picked up a donut out of the grease
And I handed the lady a five cent piece
She looked at the nickel and she looked at me
She said this nickels no good to me
There's a hole in the middle and it goes right through
I said there's a hole in your donut too.
Thanks for the donut, Toodle loo.

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gub, montana

13 October 2014 at 3:24am

my daddy always said " this nickel is NDG" there's a hole in the middle and it goes clear through. says I, there's a hole in the donut...too.

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Mary Ellen Duffy, United States

3 July 2014 at 7:57pm

The version I got from my grandfather back in the 1940's was: I walked down to Grimsby Town to walk around the block. I walked right in to a bakery shop. I got three donuts right out of the grease and I handed the lady my five cent piece. Now she looked at the nickel and she looked at me, and said this nickel's no good to me. It's got a hole in the middle and it goes right through; said I to the lady, there's a hole in your donut too.

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ashling, United States

19 September 2013 at 2:15am

I love this song its so adorable

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Jacey, Afghanistan

22 March 2013 at 9:24pm

i love donuts toodlu

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Mak, United States

15 January 2013 at 3:29am

The way i leraned it was; Well i went to cinncinati and i walked around the block and i walked right into a doughnut shop, so i grabbed a doughnut and wiped of the grease and handed the man a five cent piece, and he looked at the nickel and he looked at me, he said kindly sir you can plainly see, theres a hole in the nickel and it goes right through, i said ahh theres a hole in the doughnut too, thank you for the doughnut ta ta!

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Britanny, United States

29 December 2012 at 2:36am

My grandpa who is 75 has been singing this song to us since we could walk. not exactly the same lyrics but I was surprised to have found it, kinda rare. Our version more or less goes like this: I walked around the village and I walked around the block and I walked right into the donut shop, I took three donuts right out of the grease Handed the old lady a five cent piece. Well she looked at the money and she looked at me \ said that money is not good to me, there's a hole in the middle and it goes right through. Thanks for the Donut, (motion with the thumb popping the side of your gum making a popping noise) goodbye....

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Jessica, United States

25 November 2012 at 1:38am

i love this song. it is so cute.

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Catherine, Philippines

3 April 2012 at 9:55am

i like the song..keep it up!

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Erin, United States

7 September 2011 at 9:15pm

My grandfather used to sing this to me..his version went: Oh I went to Cincinatti, and I thought I'd make a stop So I stopped right into a bakery shop and I took two donuts out of the grease and I handed the lady a five cent piece Oh, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me and she said, "This nickel's no good to me... There's a hole in the middle, and it goes right through." Said I, "There's a hole in the donut too!" (Thanks for the haircut-- two bits!) I still have no idea what the haircut part means or has to do with the song lol.

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Destiny, United States

7 August 2011 at 9:34pm

mt song is like this. ooo i walk around the coner and i walk around the block and i walk right i to a donut shop and i picked up a donut and i licked off the greese and i handed the lady a five cent peice ooo she looked at the nickle and she looked at me and she said this money is no good you see theres a hole in the middle and it goes right through well lady theres a hole in the donut too thanks for the donut you bet

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Vincent, United States

21 November 2010 at 7:18am

The way I remember it. Well I went to Cincinnati and I walked around the block and I walked right in to a bakery shop Well I picked up a donut and I wiped off the grease and I handed the baker a five cent piece. Well he looked at the nickel and he looked at me and he said kind sir as you can plainly see there's a hole in nickel and it goes right through said I there's a hole in the donut too. Thanks for the donut, so long.

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Sweet Lips, Saint Barthélemy

6 October 2010 at 11:45pm

To Maria Alesine from Dubai- These are SILLY songs, they aren't supposed to make sense!

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Bonnie, Belgium

6 October 2010 at 11:41pm

Glad you had this one. I was stuck wondering what the words were for the 3rd line.

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Rebecca, Ca

23 April 2010 at 5:32am

I This is 1 of my camp songs never really knew the words but know i do thanks to you :)! I love it!

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Maria Alexine, Dubai & U.a.e

10 March 2010 at 11:51am

You're songs doesn't reall make sense.

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