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This Old Man

Also known as "Knick, Knack, Paddy Whack"
Counting rhyme


1
This old man, he played one,
He played knick knack with his thumb,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



2
This old man, he played two,
He played knick knack with my shoe,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



3
This old man, he played three,
He played knick knack on my knee,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



4
This old man, he played four,
He played knick knack at my door,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



5
This old man, he played five,
He played knick knack, jazz and jive,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



6
This old man, he played six,
He played knick knack with his sticks,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



7
This old man, he played seven,
He played knick knack with his pen,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



8
This old man, he played eight,
He played knick knack on my gate,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



9
This old man, he played nine,
He played knick knack, rise and shine,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



10
This old man, he played ten,
He played knick knack in my den,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



11
This old man, he played eleven,
He played knick knack up in heaven,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



12
This old man, he played twelve,
He played knick knack, dig and delve,
With a knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.



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did you know?

The term "Paddywack" was used in the early nineteenth century to describe an angry person, specifically a "Brawny Irishman".