There Was A Man

(a.k.a. "There Was A Man & He Was Mad" - original version)

Words & Music:



Thanks to Pete Seeger who did this original version on his album " American Folk, Game & Activity Songs For Children"


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There was a man and he was mad,


And he jumped into the pudding bag!


The pudding bag, it was so fine,

That he jumped into a bottle of wine.


The bottle of wine, it was so clear,

He jumped into a bottle of beer.


The bottle of beer, it was so thick,

He jumped into a walking stick.


The walking stick, it was so narrow,

That he jumped into a wheelbarrow.


The wheelbarrow began to crack,

He jumped onto a horse's back.


The horse's back began to break,

So, he jumped into a chocolate cake.


The chocolate cake became so rotten,

That he jumped into a bag of cotton.


The bag of cotton caught on fire

And blew him up to Jeremiah.  [Poof!]


Seeger goes on to have the audience fill in the blanks when he sings it again and leaves out the last word of each line.  It is, needless to say, a great song for making up your own verses, too!  (as someone did with the Bowdlerized version.)

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