Actually, there were several old women - or possibly one very adventurous one.
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
There was an old woman who swallowed a fly.
There was an old woman tossed up in a basket.
Now I'm very fond of feisty old women, so this last one is my favourite.
Do you know abut her?
There was an old woman tossed up in a basket
Seventeen times as high as the moon.
Where she was going I couldn't but ask it
For in her arms she carried a broom.
'Old woman old woman old woman!' quoth I
Where are you going to up so high
'To brush the cobwebs off the sky.'
'May I come with you?'
'Aye, by and by.'
I like to sing this rhyme to the tune of Lilliburo, but this tune is called The old woman tossed up:
So always, always always watch out for old women.
You may just get a lift.
I'm always hoping.
Word To Use Today: basket. This word comes from no one knows where, but there's an Old Northern French word baskot, and a Latin word bascauda which means basketwork holder, and they both probably have something to do with it. Before that, the word was probably Celtic.