Muffin Man

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"The Muffin Man" is a traditional children's song or nursery rhyme of English origin. The rhyme was first recorded in around 1820 with lyrics very similar to those used today; sometimes it is sung using Mulberry lane instead of Drury Lane.

Drury Lane is the name of a street located in London's Theatreland There are many traditional songs that have been set according to the lyrics of this song with regional variations in wording.

The Muffin Man would deliver muffins door-to-door or sell them in the street; the muffins were the English bread product called English muffins and not the sweeter cupcake American variety.

One of the many stories associated with this is :Originally eaten by the "downstairs" servants in England's Victorian society, the English muffin surfaced and rose to prominence in Great Britain when members of all classes of society became aware of its goodness. The family baker made English muffins from leftover bread and biscuit dough scraps and mashed potatoes. He fried the batter on a hot griddle, creating light, crusty muffins for the servants. Once members of the "upstairs" family tasted these rich muffins, they began to request them for themselves - especially during teatime.

As a result of the English muffin becoming the "most fancied" bread on the isle, English muffin factories sprang up all over England. Muffin men could be heard in the streets selling their muffins from wooden trays slung around their necks. For teatime in private homes and clubs, the English muffins would be split and toasted over an open fire and served in a covered sterling dish alongside tea. The prominence of the muffin men in English society was evident when "Oh, do you know the muffin man" became a popular children nursery rhyme. The popularity of the English muffin reached its zenith in Great Britain during the years preceding World War I.

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Muffin man, Drury Lane

9 April 2014 at 7:32pm

amazing song i love it thank you all rated it five muffins I AM ZE MUFFIN MAN

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Haziqa, Pakistan

27 November 2012 at 11:01am

I love this poem very much

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Cece, United States

27 June 2012 at 6:39pm

i hate the muffin man...IT FOR LITTLE KIDS!

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Caitlin, United States

27 June 2012 at 1:02am

call me on tuseday. my number is 185-768-449 i live in new york

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Caitlin, United States

26 June 2012 at 10:25pm

i love guys but i'm taken ! sorry p.s. i'll be free soon

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Meralia, United States

20 March 2012 at 4:01pm

i love the muffin man

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Sexy Lexi, United States

23 June 2011 at 10:32pm

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Penguin, Antarctica

22 April 2011 at 12:43am

do you know the stalker man, the stalker man,the stalker man do you know the stalker man who lives on creepy lane?

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Franchesca, Iceland

22 April 2011 at 12:24am

this song is cute but repetitive

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Andrea, Afghanistan

20 October 2010 at 4:23pm

Elo meamo peple

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Dude, Antarctica

20 October 2010 at 4:16pm

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Chris, Russian Federation

20 October 2010 at 4:12pm

people r ausome

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Lili, Viet Nam

20 October 2010 at 12:15am

omg! wat the hel is this

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Rosa, Vancouver

20 June 2010 at 5:51pm

I love it, where can t get those songs with vedio

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Kayla, Delaware

2 March 2010 at 1:16am

i used to sing this song when i was little i always dance to it to

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Bryan, Memphis Tn

20 January 2010 at 5:07pm

i think this song is intresting. im 13 and really would like to know the background history

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Lynda, North Judson

10 January 2010 at 8:39pm

Okay Aviana, lol i just laughed because i looked up the lyrics because one of the myspace bulletins asked ahaha

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Aviana, Ohio Twinsburg

2 September 2009 at 1:46am

haha, tec. you commented on itt, and i'm only commenting oh it cause one of these mysapce questions ask what the lyricss tooo.

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Syd Bia, Michigan

21 August 2009 at 9:53pm

I want the mullberry lane version!

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Mark P., Miami Beach Usa

25 March 2009 at 5:06pm

The downloaded song is actually London Bridge, not Head, Shoulders....

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