There Was A Little Man


There was a little man
Who wooed a little maid;
And he said; "Little maid, will you wed, wed, wed?

I have little more to say,
So will you ay or nay?
For the least said is soonest men-ded, ded, ded".

Then the little maid replied:
"Should I be your little bride,
Pray what must we have for to eat, eat, eat?

Will the flame that you're so rich in
Light a fire in the kitchen?
Or the little God of Love turn the spit, spit, spit?'.

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This version has the man hunting a duck

There was a little man, and he had a little gun,
And his bullets were made of lead, lead, lead;
He went to the brook, and saw a little duck,
And shot it right through the head, head, head.

He carried it home to his old wife Joan,
And bade her a fire to make, make, make.
To roast the little duck he had shot in the brook,
And he'd go and fetch the drake, drake, drake.

The drake was a-swimming with his curly tail;
The little man made it his mark, mark, mark.
He let off his gun, but he fired too soon,
And the drake flew away with quack, quack, quack.


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Leah Stephens, Teague, Texas

15 February 2015 at 4:53pm

My mom sang this song to me when I was a child and I always sang it to all my children while rocking them to sleep. She changed the lyrics just a little but it told the same story. I was always glad that the drake got away but sad about the little duck. A good memory from my childhood. I am 77 yrs. old.

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Clarence, Mcleese Lake, Bc

11 January 2009 at 3:00am

The alternative lyrics to the song "There Was a Little Man" is by no means appropriate for children - or anyone for that matter. We don't have to teach using a gun and shooting anything.

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