Information About Wee Willie Winkie
This nursery rhyme is a Scottish nursery rhyme; written by William Miller it was first published in Whistle-binkie: Stories for the Fireside in 1841.
Wee Willie Winkie" a character forever associated with sleep was possibly a child's version of the Town Crier who went about checking all the children were in bed on time.
According to "The Annotated Mother Goose,' "Wee Willie Winkie" was the nickname given to William Prince of Orange, later William III of England.
Some additional information regarding the meaning of the unusual words in the song can be found on the website Rampant Scotland.
Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs
Just 1 verse for this version
Wee Willie Winkie my son John went to bed with his trousers on,
One shoe on and one shoe off,
Wee Willie Winkie my son John.
You can also sing to this one
Wee Willie Winkie
Runs through town,
Upstairs and downstairs
In his nightgown,
Knocking on the window,
Crying through the lock
"Are the children all in bed?
It's past eight o'clock."