Oranges And Lemons

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"Oranges and lemons",
say the bells of St. Clement's.

"You owe me five farthings",
say the bells of St. Martin's.

"When will you pay me?',
ask the bells of Old Bailey '.

When I grow rich",
say the bells of Shoreditch.

"When will that be?',
ask the bells of Stepney.

"I do not know",
says the great bell of Bow.

Here comes a candle
to light you to bed.

And here comes a chopper
to chop off your head!

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Information About Oranges And Lemons

Oranges and Lemons is a nursery rhyme of English origin that tells the story of numerous bells in the many churches close to or in the City of London. The origins of this song are not clearly known, but it is believed to have originated in the 17th or 18th century. There is evidence that in 1665 there existed a square dance named 'Oranges and Lemons'.

There has been much speculation on the meaning of the words to 'Oranges and Lemons' but considerable variation in the lyrics of the versions printed during the 18th and 19th centuries, has resulted in difficulty attaching an overall meaning.

It is also thought that the lyrics could reflect trades and activities that took place near the churches in those times. Today, the bells of St. Clement Danes in London actually ring out the tune of the rhyme.

For further information about the song "Oranges And Lemons" you may find Wikipedia helpful.

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sadie, chestfild

12 September 2014 at 3:04pm

i love it its not that right because i used to do it sorry bit it is ok

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Rosina, United Kingdom

22 May 2011 at 1:42am

If you were born within the sound of BOW BELLS, then you're a true COCKNEY

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Vanessa, United Kingdom

22 May 2011 at 1:39am

I remember this when i was growing up and brings many happy memories

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Madison, Georgia, America

20 September 2010 at 5:20pm

well the last part was disturbing..

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Woofy, Milwaukee

30 May 2010 at 7:27pm

a great song

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