Since moving to Tennessee back in October, it seems that we need to build an ark for all the rain we’ve had. With all the rain, we’ve been singing songs related to rain like “Rain, Rain Go Away” and “I’m So Sick of all this @#@$%# Rain” (what? you haven’t heard that one?). We’ve also been singing “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” and Tate and I are having a HUGE disagreement about the lyrics of the song.
Here’s my version, verified by Wikipedia.
It’s raining; it’s pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head,
And couldn’t get up in the morning.
Please note the italicized lyrics. He went to bed and bumped his head.
Tate claims that the lyrics are; He bumped his head and went to bed.
Tate claims his version makes more sense. I appreciate his logic behind the lyrics, I do! It DOES make more sense to bump your head BEFORE going to bed, thus causing one to be unable to get up in the morning. However, it’s a nursery rhyme/kiddie song. These silly songs don’t always make sense, they are not always logical.
Case(s) in point.
“Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe”
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers make him pay,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
Catch a tiger by the toe???? I don’t think there’s any logic in that. (Edited to add: The Wikipedia version states If he hollers, let him go…My version is from circa 1982, Tulsa, OK.)
“Ring around the Rosy”
Ring around the rosy,
A pocket full of posies;
we all fall down!
What??? This makes no sense whatsoever. (Edited to add: This song is a lovely ode to the Bubonic Plague. Such a touching subject to sing about.)
I need your help in straightening out Tate since my Wikipedia PROOF did not sway him in his resolve for HIS lyrics. I’m right about the lyrics, He went to bed and bumped his head, aren’t I? AREN’T I???