There Was a Crooked Man (Nursery Rhyme) from Rainbow Annual (1956)

There Was a Crooked Man (Nursery Rhyme) from Rainbow Annual (1956)

There Was a Crooked Man (Nursery Rhyme) from Rainbow Annual (1956)

Original version:

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell in the 1840s and gained popularity in the early twentieth century. Some say the town of Lavenham (Suffolk, England) inspired this rhyme. Others maintain the poem originates from the history of a previous English king, Charles I (1600–1649).

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