It's Raining, It's Pouring

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"It's Raining, It's Pouring"
Roud #16814
Written by Traditional
Published 1939
Written USA
Language English
Form Nursery rhyme

"It's Raining, It's Pouring" is an English language nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 16814.

Lyrics[edit]

Common modern versions include:

It's raining; it's pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head,
And he wouldn't get up in the morning.[1]

Origins and interpretation[edit]

The song is not found before the mid-twentieth century in the USA.[2] It was noted in 1939 in New York by Charles Ives (1874–1954) and copyrighted in 1944 by Freda Selicoff.[3]

It has been suggested that the verse is a "classic description" of a head injury ("bumped his head"), followed by a lucid interval and an inability to resume normal activity ("couldn't get up in the morning").[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ C. W. Henderson, The Charles Ives Tunebook (Indiana University Press, 2008), p. 141.
  2. ^ J. Goldthwaite, The natural history of make-believe: a guide to the principal works of Britain, Europe, and America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), p. 26.
  3. ^ C. W. Henderson, The Charles Ives Tunebook (Indiana University Press, 2008), p. 141; Library of Congress Copyright Office, Catalog of copyright entries (Library of Congress, Copyright Office, 1944), p. 1362.
  4. ^ A. H. Kaye, "Essential Neurosurgery" 3rd Ed., (Blackwell Publishing, 2004), p. 57