Goosey Goosey Gander


Goosey, goosey, gander,
Whither shall I wander
Upstairs, and downstairs,
And in my lady's chamber.

There I met an old man
Who wouldn't say his prayers!
I took him by the left leg
And threw him down the stairs.

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Information About Goosey Goosey Gander


"Goosey Goosey Gander" is an English nursery rhyme. Gammer Gurton's Garland or The Nursery Parnassus published in London in 1784 has the earlist recorded version and like other early versions of the rhyme does not include the last four lines.

It has been speculated that historically "Goosey Goosey Gander" may refer to Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads; alternatively, the rhyme could be about Madame Schulenberg; the mistress of King George I who had the nickname "Goosey", the inference being that "Gander" would be the King himself. The rhyme has also been linked to the propaganda campaign against the Catholic Church during the reign of King Henry VIII.

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Alpha Skua, USA

3 August 2015 at 8:35pm

Read this as a poem

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jill, India

13 March 2015 at 7:19pm

i like it

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Muriah, United States

10 March 2012 at 4:03pm

This is a terrible song for children! I understand the value of tradition, but how is it okay to teach children to throw old men down the stairs?

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Jabs, Zimbabwe

11 January 2012 at 6:45pm

we carry on the song by sayin... The stairs went crack, and he fell back, and all the little duckies went... quack, quack, quack!

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Rach, Australia

5 March 2011 at 4:58am


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Beyla, Lonn

24 April 2010 at 2:54am


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Annah, Mandan Usa

19 January 2009 at 6:47pm

Even I will say when I was a kid I always sang this song! :P ;p

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