This Old Man

DESCRIPTION: "This old man, he played one, He played knick-knack on my thumb, With a knick-knack, paddy wack, Give the dog a bone, This old man went rolling home." Similarly, "This old man, he played two, he played knick-knack on my shoe," and on upward
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1950 (Morris)
KEYWORDS: nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Morris, #114, "Knick Knack" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 390, "This Old Man" (1 text)
Peacock, p. 21, "Old Tommy Kendal" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, THOLDMAN*

Roud #3550
RECORDINGS:
Charlotte Decker, "Old Tommy Kendal" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
Pete Seeger, "This Old Man" (on PeteSeegeer3, PeteSeegerCD03)

SAME TUNE:
All Gall ["Cognac, Armagnac, Burgundy and Beaune, This old man thinks he's Saint Joan"; Charles de Gaulle song] [by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann] [from "At the Drop of Another Hat"]
File: FSWB390C

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