This Old Man (Knick-knack Paddy-whack)

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Information About This Old Man (Knick-knack Paddy-whack)

"This Old Man (Knick-knack Paddy-whack) is also known as "Knick, knack, Paddy whack". The information regarding the origins of this song is unclear however it seems to have been associated with the English folk music tradition from the late 19th Century. Today this rhyme and other tunes associated with it are well-known in popular culture mainly because of the numerous renditions and parodies.

Knick, Knack, Paddy Whack was recorded in 1953 by the American folk singer Pete Seeger.

For any further information about the song "Knick, Knack, Paddy Whack" you may find Wikipedia helpful.

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We are starting to count from no. 11 in this song

This old man, he played eleven,
He played knick knack up in heaven,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played twelve,
He played knick knack, dig and delve,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

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Alisha kiara holder, United States

20 December 2014 at 8:36pm

I just heard this song and I like it

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Shanika jaylynn holder, Northern Mariana Islands

22 November 2014 at 2:40am

Hey paddy Kelly um this boy name rontrell He loves your song knick knack paddy wack and I think I like it to because I keep singing it over and over I was checking out the lyrics and I looked at the video at school it's very funny this old man knick paddy wack give the dog a bone so I just want to say I like it you can see all my pictures what I take see you later

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Anna-Kate, United States

2 November 2014 at 10:28pm

I lllike it!

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Chloe, Canada

20 September 2014 at 8:40pm

Your kid will love this rhyme!

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Chloe, Canada

28 August 2014 at 1:36am

This is from the 1870s.

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Madison, United States

25 June 2014 at 10:01pm

I used to play a game with this song when I was in grade school. So when I heard my grandma singing around the house, I was absolutely thrilled and had to look up the lyrics so I could sing along.

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carol fitzgerald, sydney australia ex bristol uk 1964

16 February 2014 at 12:22am

this is a great song for groups of children

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Marvin Jack, Micronesia, Federated States Of

10 April 2013 at 12:31am

Thank you for this.

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Valerie, United States

21 February 2013 at 5:25am

Stephen, that was a sweet story. I looked up the lyrics because, for some unknown reason I was singing this to myself one evening. Although the lyrics I remember were more.....generic is a good word, I like this version.

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David, United Kingdom

11 December 2012 at 1:41am

I am not sure about this but seem to recollect my Mam saying that nick nack paddy wack was something to do with playing the spoons

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Eleyn, Philippines

17 October 2012 at 5:40am

ang ganda naman nito

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Tehreem, United Kingdom

12 April 2012 at 11:42am

I love T.O.M.

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Stephan, United States

2 April 2012 at 1:37am

As a child of 4 I saw on TV an ad for a fisher price toy movie camera. In the ad the camera played this song so that is how I identified the camera.My mother was frantic at Christmas try to figure out what a Damned nick Knack camera was. She did find out and I got my camera. This song has been a favoritemy whole life.

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Sushmita, New Zealand

16 February 2012 at 2:50am

OMG this is my favourite song

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Malha, Ireland

18 December 2011 at 12:53pm

I Love This Song And Merry Christmas Everyone.

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John, Anguilla

17 November 2011 at 11:09pm


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Zyrille, Philippines

17 November 2011 at 11:07pm

hey! john, remember me!

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John, Anguilla

17 November 2011 at 10:13pm


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Nadi, Sri Lanka

4 November 2011 at 1:15pm


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