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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Saturday Rave: There was an old woman

There was an old woman...

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.


  1. What a jolly post! I love that rhyme too and indeed anything which involves feisty old women. Long may they reign...

  2. What a joy it is to dance and sing!