There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

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There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
How absurd to swallow a bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
My what a hog, to swallow a dog.
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat, to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat.
Just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog ...
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed a cow!
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat...
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog...
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat...
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse -
She's dead, of course.

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Information About There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

The lyrics of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" were written by Alan Mills and then sung by Rose Bonne. However, the version that is the most, well known is sung by Burl Ives in 1953.

The song tells a tale of a woman that swallows a series of animals starting from the smallest, leading to the biggest which is a horse. However, lyrics have been changed over time from dying to I don't know why.

This song has been used in a series of children's books, while also being sung in some well-known shows such as The Muppets and movies such as A Bug's Life.

Peer International (Canada) Ltd. bought the song's copyright 1952 and has held the copyright since 1966.

After the "dog" verse, there is another verse that you can add and it goes: "I knew an old lady who swallowed a goat; Just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!' She swallowed the goat to catch the dog".

There is a book called "The Fireside Book of Childrens Songs" collected and edited by Marie Winn, published by Simon & Schuster under Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 65-171.

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Here is another fun version

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don't now why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider
that wriggled and wiggled and wriggled and tickled inside her.

She swallowed a spider to catch the fly.
I don't now why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
How absurd to swallow a bird.

She swallowed the bird to catch the spider.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Fancy that to swallow a cat.

She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
What a hog to swallow a dog.

She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed a cow.

She swallowed the cow to catch the dog.
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse...
She's dead, of course!

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24 October 2016 at 6:03am

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Zohaun, United Kingdom

1 April 2016 at 2:18pm

Me too Ness

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Ness, United States

22 March 2016 at 7:12pm

That brings back such memories. I even tried teaching my children,they're all grown with children of their own, wow !! The circle of life

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dhaya, India

16 December 2015 at 10:46am

long long song

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dhaya, India

16 December 2015 at 10:46am

long long song

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Keith, England

7 August 2015 at 4:15am

Just heard this lovely song for the first time in 30+ years it invokes memories of all my family singing it when it came on the radio. Happy silly lyrics make me smile. Where are the creative poets/songwriters of today ?

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Angie, usa

29 July 2015 at 7:31pm

My mom used to sing it to me all the time. Am I that old that my coworkers never heard it!

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Eliid, Mombasa

5 July 2015 at 7:22am

Aaaaaia lmai

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judalyn licnachan atluna, Philippines

30 June 2015 at 7:10am

i realy enjoy this poem even if its my first time to read . It realy make my brain up side down and think how this poor old lady can swallow an animal..

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Sarah, USA

4 May 2015 at 6:08pm

this is a pretty sweet and hilarious poem when you are a youngster

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