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My husband has been singing a version of this song lately. Except that his version goes something like:

One little duck with one feather on his back.
He ruled the ducks with a “Quack, quack, quack.”

Source: Kidzup

Three little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said
” Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only two little ducks came back.

Two little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said
” Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only one little duck came back.

One little duck
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said
” Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the three little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Sad mother duck said
” Quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the three little ducks came back.

All of the three little ducks came back

Here is another version…

Six Little Ducks
Source: Step by Step CC

Six little ducks that I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones, too
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Down to the river they would go
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, to and fro
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Back from the river they would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

And from NIH, I found the version that is closest to my husband’s version. They even have a sound bite of the tune.

Five little ducks went to play
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble to and fro
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

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It took me reading the words out loud of this song to remember the tune of this song. What fun. 🙂

Source Lantern Tree:

Five Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are only four speckled frogs,
Glub, glub.

Four Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are only three speckled frogs,
Glub, glub.

Three Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are only two speckled frogs,
Glub, glub.

Two Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there is only one speckled frog,
Glub, glub.

One Green and speckled frog,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are no speckled frogs,
Glub, glub.

Cute video by Cullen:

We sang this as a kid. I wonder, do they still sing it now? Is it politically incorrect now?

The lyrics are from Lantern Tree.

One little, two little,
Three little Indians.

Four little, five little,
Six little Indians.

Seven little, eight little,
Nine little Indians,

Ten little Indian boys.

Ten little, nine little,
Eight little Indians.

Seven little, six little,
five little Indians.

Four little, three little,
Two little Indians,
One little Indian boy.

One little Indian boy

One, two, buckle my shoe.
Three, four, shut the door.
Five, six, pick up sticks.
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one.

Here is another version.

1,2 Tie my shoe
3,4 Shut the door
5,6 Pick up sticks
7,8 Lay them straight
9, 10 A big fat hen.
Let’s get up and count again!

Source: Wikipedia

This old man, he played one;
He played knick-knack ‘on my thumb’
(or ‘on a drum’).
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone; This old man came rolling home.

TOM, HP two;
He played knick-knack on my shoe.
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP three;
He played knick-knack ‘on my knee’
(or ‘on my tree’).
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP four;
He played knick-knack on my door
(or on the floor)
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP five;
He played knick-knack ‘on my hive’
(or ‘on my knife’ or ‘making a dive’ or ‘on my thigh’).
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP six;
He played knick-knack with some sticks.
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP seven;
He played knick-knack ‘up in heaven’
(or ‘on my oven’ or ‘on my pen’ or ‘down in Devon’).
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP eight;
He played knick-knack on my gate.
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP nine; He played knick-knack ‘on my spine’
(or ‘in a line’).
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP ten;
He played knick-knack ‘once again’
(or ‘on my pen’, ‘on my shin’ or ‘on my hen’).
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP eleven;
He played knick-knack ‘on the way to heaven’
(or ‘down to devon’)
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP twelve;
He played knick-knack on my shelf.
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP thirteen;
He played knick-knack on my curtain.
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP fourteen;
He played knick-knack in the autumn.
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

TOM, HP fifteen,
He collects bronze coins marked ‘Ich Dien’.
WAKK,PW,GADAB;TOMCRH

This old man, ten add six,
He played knick-knack on my bricks,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

I only had heard up till the old man playing 10. I knew it as:

  • One – Thumb
  • Two – Shoe
  • Three – Knee
  • Four – Door
  • Five – Thigh
  • Six – Sticks
  • Seven – Heaven
  • Eight – Gate
  • Nine – Spine
  • Ten – Once Again

Source: Games Kids Play

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.
(Then the person would remove their fist on the word “more” and the game would begin again.)

A YouTube video from Sesame Street with some girls singing the song:

Their version has lot more words then I recall…

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Cooked a pot of hot potatoes
Dropped then on the floor.

Five potato, six potato, seven potato, eight.
Stomped them in some mashed potatoes
Put them on a plate.

Nine potato, ten potato, cannot believe my eyes.
Kicked the radiator and they
Made french fries.

Source: Jump Rope Rhymes

One, two,
Buckle my shoe

Three, four,
Shut the door

Five, six,
Pick up sticks

Seven eight,
Lay them straight

Nine, ten,
Do it again!


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