There Was a Crooked Man
DESCRIPTION: "There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile, He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile, He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse, And they all lived together in a little crooked house."
EARLIEST DATE: 1842 (Halliwell, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: home animal
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 324, "There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #224, p. 148, "(There was a crooked man)"
Jack, p. 202, "There Was a Crooked Man" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 35, "There Was a Crooked Man" (1 text)
NOTES: The Baring-Goulds, Jack, and Dolby all suggest that the crooked man of this song was the Covenanter Alexander Leslie, and the crooked sixpence Charles I (who was willing to use the Covenanters if it would preserve his throne but had no real use for them). This is another of those "possible but hardly demonstrable" cases. - RBW
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