When I Was One

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When I was one I hurt my thumb the day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me
We’re going this way that way forwards and backwards over the deep blue sea
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that’s the life for me

When I was two I buckled my shoe the day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me
We’re going this way that way forwards and backwards over the deep blue sea
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that’s the life for me

When I was three I grazed my knee the day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me
We’re going this way that way forwards and backwards over the deep blue sea
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that’s the life for me

When I was four I fell on the floor the day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me
We’re going this way that way forwards and backwards over the deep blue sea
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that’s the life for me

When I was five I learnt to dive the day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me
We’re going this way that way forwards and backwards over the deep blue sea
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that’s the life for me

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Hannah, UK

8 November 2014 at 2:32pm

I went to a pantomime and they sung; When I was one I ate a bun the day I went to sea I climbed onboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me We're going this way that way forwards and backwards over the Irish sea A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me

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Emily, United Kingdom

2 September 2014 at 2:23pm

The lyrics I learnt are , when I was 1 I ate a bun , when I was 2 I buckled my shoe, when I was 3 I fell on my knee, when I 4 I fell on the floor, when I was 5 I learned to jive, when I was 6 I learned some tricks, when I was 7 I went to heaven, when I was 8 I smashed a plate, when I was 9 I learnt to rhyme, when I was 10 I started again.

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Vicci Rees, Rugby UK

27 January 2014 at 11:20pm

The version of the song I know goes a little like this: When I was one my life begun the day I went to sea I climbed aboard a pirate ship The Captain said to me; We're going this way, that way, forward, backward Over the Irish sea A bottle of rum to settle my tum And that's the life for me When I was two I buckled my shoe the day I went to sea When I was three I grazed my knee the day I went to sea When I was four I scrubbed the floor the day I went to sea When I was five I learned to dive the day I went to sea When I was six I picked up sticks the day I went to sea When I was seven I went to heaven the day I went to sea When I was eight I made first mate the day I went to sea When I was nine I did my time the day I went to sea When I was ten I started again the day I went to sea

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Meme, Australia

26 April 2013 at 4:05pm

I like this song

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Gg, Bahrain

22 March 2013 at 9:07pm

ooh i love this song

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Dee, Canada

16 January 2012 at 5:05am

I know a different version When I was one I sucked my thumb and then i went to sea, I climbed aboard the pirate ship and the captain said to me were going north, south east west under the irish sea some bubble gum to rub my tum and thats the life for me

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Pop, United Kingdom

2 December 2011 at 8:02pm

gosh people!(4 plus 3 ! im human)!

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Pop, United Kingdom

2 December 2011 at 7:59pm

good version good site but some people in the comments can't spell!

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Aaron, United Kingdom

25 August 2011 at 11:49pm

When I was one I ate a scone The day I went to see I climbed aboard a pirate ship And the captain said to me Were going this way that way forward and backward Over the Irish sea A bottle of rum to hold me tum that's the life for me

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Julie, Australia

27 June 2011 at 11:49am

Does anyone know the chords to play this on the guitar?

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Rana, United Kingdom

3 March 2011 at 5:23pm

i love that song but i know different lyrics..."when i was one i sucked my thumb (chorus)the day i went to sea i jumped aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me we're going this way that way forward and backwards over the Irish sea a bottle of rum too fill my tum and that's the life for me...when i was two i buckled my shoe the day i went to see(chorus)when 1 was 3 i climbed a tree the day i went too sea(chorus)when i was 4 i knocked on the door the day i went too sea(chorus)when i was 5 i learnt too dive the day i went too sea(chorus)when i was 6 i picked up sticks the day i went to sea (chorus)when i was 7 i looked at heaven the day i went too sea(chorus)when i was 8 i closed the gates the day i went to sea(chorus)when i was 9 i walked a line the day i went too sea(chorus)when i was 10 i did it all again the day i went too sea(chorus)"

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Emma, United Kingdom

28 February 2011 at 7:59pm

this is an excellent nursery rhyme that my friends and me know very well i made this one up when i was 2 i did a poop the day i went to sea a bottle of rum will fill my tum and thats the life for me since i live in scotland we go through lots of nursery i am top of my class and this a nursery rhyme that i will carry in my mind all my life and pass it down the family.

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Hannah, Uk

4 June 2010 at 9:47pm

Hello i know a pirate song but i don't remember here is some of it When i was 1.....

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Annie, Albany, Ny

12 March 2010 at 4:51pm

This is a very cute song. I learned differnt lyrics though. When I was one I sucked my thumb over the ocean blue.

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Lucy, Yorkshire, Uk.

11 May 2009 at 12:42am

! When I was one I hurt my thumb the day I went to sea,! I climbed aboard a pirates ship and the captain said to me,! We're going this way that way forwards and backwards over the deep blue sea,! A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. ! ! When I was two I buckled my shoe the day I went to sea...! When I was three I hurt my knee the day I went to sea...! When I was four I fell on the floor the day I went to sea...! When I was five I learnt to dive the day I went to sea...! When I was six I picked up sticks the day I went to sea...! When I was seven I looked up at heaven the day I went to sea...! When I was eight I closed the gate the day I went to sea...! When I was nine I met a porcupine the day I went to sea...! When I was ten I made a den the day I went to sea... !

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