It's Raining, It's Pouring
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|"It's Raining, It's Pouring"|
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.
Origins and interpretation
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").
- C. W. Henderson, The Charles Ives Tunebook (Indiana University Press, 2008), p. 141.
- 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.
- 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.
- A. H. Kaye, "Essential Neurosurgery" 3rd Ed., (Blackwell Publishing, 2004), p. 57