It's Raining, It's Pouring

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"It's Raining, It's Pouring"
Nursery rhyme

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


It's raining; it's pouring.
The old man was snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head.
And couldn't get up in the morning.

Origins and interpretation[edit]

The first two lines of this rhyme can be found in The Little Mother Goose, published in the US in 1912.[1] The melody most often associated with it is the same as "A Tisket, A Tasket", which is in the public domain. The earliest known audio recording of the song was made in 1939 in New York by anthropologist and folklorist Herbert Halpert and is held in the Library of Congress.[2] It was noted in 1939 in New York by Charles Ives (1874–1954) and a version of it was 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"). However, it has also been suggested that, in regards to the first verse at least, that the rhyme is an interpretation of an accidental death ("didn't get up in the morning"; indicating that no attempt or ability to get up made).[4]


  1. ^ Anon, The Little Mother Goose (1912, Dodd, Mead & Company, 3rd edn., 1918), p. 169.
  2. ^ "Audio Recordings It's raining, it's pouring", Library of Congress, retrieved 16 June 2015.
  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