Humpty Dumpty

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Information About Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty is a nursery rhyme where in the character is portrayed to be an egg; however there is no suggestion in the rhyme itself that Humpty Dumpty is an egg. When it was first printed, the rhyme was presented as a riddle and attempts to exploit the fact that "humpty dumpty" also happened to be an eighteenth century reduplicative slang for a diminutive and clumsy person.

Though the origins of the nursery rhyme cannot be proven, the most commonly believed theory is that Humpty Dumpty was a powerful cannon used in the Siege of Colchester during the English Civil War. It was mounted on top of the St Mary's at the Wall Church in Colchester defending the city against siege in the summer of 1648. Although Colchester was a Royalist stronghold, it was besieged by the Roundheads for 11 weeks before finally falling. The church tower was hit by enemy cannon fire and the top of the tower was blown off, sending "Humpty" tumbling to the ground. Naturally all the King's horses and all the King's men (Royalist cavalry and infantry respectively) tried to mend "him" but in vain.

Riddles similar to Humpty Dumpty have been recorded by folklorists in languages other than English. For instance Boule Boule in French or Lille Trille in Norwegian and Swedish. Prior to meaning a "diminutive, clumsy person", "the humpty dumpty" meant a brandy drink boiled using ale.

Another possibility is that Humpty Dumpty was a large cannon located at the top of a church tower at the Siege of Colchester during the English Civil War. "Humpty" crashed to the ground when the church tower was hit by enemy cannon fire.

For kids this rhyme might help teach younger children the significance of reversible and irreversible changes - an egg can be smashed but thereafter you cannot put it back together again.

For any further information about the song "Humpty Dumpty" you may find Wikipedia helpful.

Other versions of the song will use the title, "Humptey Dumptey."

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Here's a Parody

Humptey Dumptey sat on the wall eating black bananas
Where do you think he put the skins?
Down the kings pajamas.

Here's a longer version and tells a more complete story of Humpty

Humptey Dumptey sat on a wall,
Humptey Dumptey had a great fall;
All the King's horses and all the King's men,
Couldn't put Humptey together again.
So off they went to fairyland,
to buy some magic glue,
to fix the toys together again
and Humptey Dumptey too.

Here's another version that ends in fluffy pillows

Humptey Dumptey sat on a wall
Humptey Dumptey had a great fall
All the Kings horses and all the Kings men
Couldn't put Humptey together again.

Then two kids walked t'wards the wall
One so small he only could crawl
Humptey Dumptey was such a good friend
The eldest one took him and put him to bed.

When Mother got home she said "What a mess"
Humptey Dumptey's wounds must be dressed
She bandaged him up until he looked whole
And hoped that next he wouldn't step in a hole.

Humptey Dumptey quickly got well
The children's love was just the right spell
Now Humpty lives in a land full of pillows
So now when he falls he is saved by a pillow.

Here is another version of the song with alternative lyrics in Spanish

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses
And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

Humpty Dumpty
Sentado en un muro.
Humpty Dumpty
Se ha caído muy duro.
Todos los caballeros
Y jinetes del rey,
Fueron a levantarlo
Y no pudieron con él.

or....
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Threescore men and threescore more,
Can't place Humpty Dumpty as he was before.

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16 Comments

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Aanshi Vinod, India

13 April 2014 at 8:12am

Nice song I love it

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Bussie, Nigeria

10 March 2013 at 4:40am

more greese to your elbow.nice poem

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Phil, Germany

16 February 2012 at 10:01am

Jakie from the States.... what are you on about? and then... the story? i mean if you didn't want to tell us the story don't say that is sooo weird....

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Jakie, United States

10 September 2011 at 3:02am

I heard a great story about a girl. She said one of the sadest things you could say about this song, and a family member!

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Lauren, United Kingdom

20 August 2011 at 10:01am

very good nursert rhyme = my fav childhood rhyme

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James, Korea, Republic Of

2 March 2011 at 5:25am

My students love this song...thank you..

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Ravi, India

1 January 2011 at 1:47pm

nice lyrics

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Jada, United States

17 October 2010 at 12:18am

i Love the midi music for this song.

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Cristina, Philippines

16 August 2010 at 1:04pm

it was very great.... :)

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Jada, Chicago Usa

27 July 2010 at 10:43pm

love the vidio and the long version. love it.

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Patricia, Saint Albans New York Usa

23 July 2010 at 12:29pm

I like it, who is the writer and producer, and what yeaar?

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Himendra, Nagpur, India

31 May 2010 at 10:36pm

I love this song. Remarkable Site... keep it up.. My best remembered childhood rhym

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Lovelia, Solon Ohio

24 July 2009 at 11:05pm

love this song. had 3 mo. old baby girl and she get so excited when I sing along Humptey Dumptey.

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Lilly, Norwich

22 June 2009 at 6:27am

Humptey Dumptey sat on the wall eating black bananas Where do you think he put the skins? Down the kings pajamas - Oh My God! i love this rhyme.

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Huda, Jeddah

25 March 2009 at 7:25pm

nice interesting websits

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The Dude, Germany, Bavaria, Neustadt

26 February 2009 at 8:56am

great song. love humptey! one of my favorite childhood songs.

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