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Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock

“Hickory dickory dock” is one of the most recognizable counting rhymes in the English language, but what its original purpose or meaning may have been is less clear. The rhyme is thought to have been based on the astronomical clock at Exeter Cathedral. The clock has a small hole in the door below the face for the resident cat to hunt mice. This is an elementary tool to help teaching children the time.

The earliest recorded version of the rhyme is in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book, published in London in about 1744, which uses the opening line: ‘Hickere, Dickere Dock’ The next recorded version in Mother Goose’s Melody (c. 1765), uses ‘Dickery, Dickery Dock’. The rhyme is thought by some commentators to have originated as a counting-out rhyme. Westmorland shepherds in the nineteenth century used the numbers ‘Hevera, Devera and Dick’ which are from the language Cumbric.

 

“Hicory Dickory Dock” Lyrics

Hickory, dickory, dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Other variants include “down the mouse ran” or “down the mouse run” or “and down he ran” or “and down he run” in place of “the mouse ran down”.

 

Here is a variation of the song with lot of additional lyrics.

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The mouse ran up the clock, 

The clock struck one, and down he run,

Hickory Dickory Dock!

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The bird looked at the clock, 

The clock struck two, and away she flew,

Hickory Dickory Dock

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The dog barked at the clock, 

The clock struck three, fiddle-de-dee, 

Hickory Dickory Dock!

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The bear slept on the clock, 

The clock struck four, he ran out the door, 

Hickory Dickory Dock!

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The bee buzzed round the clock, 

The clock struck five, she went to her hive, 

Hickory Dickory Dock!

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The hen clucked at the clock, 

The clock struck six, fiddle-sticks, 

Hickory Dickory Dock!

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The cat ran round the clock, 

The clock struck seven, she wanted to get ’em,

Hickory Dickory Dock!


Hickory Dickory Dock,

The horse jumped over the clock, 

The clock struck eight, he ate some cake, 

Hickory Dickory Dock!

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The cow danced on the clock, 

The clock struck nine, she felt so fine,

Hickory Dickory Dock!

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The pig oinked at the clock, 

The clock struck ten, she did it again,

Hickory Dickory Dock!

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The snake squirmed out of the clock, 

The clock struck eleven, he said, “Let me get in”,

Hickory Dickory Dock!


Hickory Dickory Dock,

The snail slimed up the clock, 

The clock struck twelve, what a sticky self,

Hickory Dickory Dock!