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It's Raining, It's Pouring

"It's Raining, It's Pouring"
Roud #16814
Written by Traditional
Published 1939
Written England
Language English
Form Nursery rhyme

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


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.[1]

Origins and interpretation

The song is not found before the mid-twentieth century in the USA.[2] It was noted in 1939 in New York by Charles Ives (1874–1954) and 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").[4]


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