London Bridge Is Falling Down - London, England, UK
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N 51° 30.405 W 000° 05.258
30U E 702105 N 5710201
Quick Description: Who hasn't heard this nursery rhyme?: "London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady."
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/18/2012 12:36:05 PM
Waymark Code: WME8J5
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
Views: 14

Long Description:
Wikipedia (visit link) informs us that a bridge has been here since the Roman occupation 2000 years ago. The current London Bridge was finished in 1973.

Listen to the song (a version from Barney the Dinosaur) at (visit link)

Wikipedia (visit link) also tells us about the song:

"'London Bridge Is Falling Down' is a well-known traditional nursery rhyme and singing game, which is found in different versions all over the world. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 502...
In the version quoted by Iona and Peter Opie in 1951 the full lyrics were:

London Bridge is broken down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay, wood and clay,
Build it up with wood and clay,
My fair lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,
Wash away, wash away,
Wood and clay will wash away,
My fair lady.

Build it up with bricks and mortar,
Bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar,
Build it up with bricks and mortar,
My fair lady.

Bricks and mortar will not stay,
Will not stay, will not stay,
Bricks and mortar will not stay,
My fair lady.

Build it up with iron and steel,
Iron and steel, iron and steel,
Build it up with iron and steel,
My fair lady.

Iron and steel will bend and bow,
Bend and bow, bend and bow,
Iron and steel will bend and bow,
My fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold,
Silver and gold, silver and gold,
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady.

Silver and gold will be stolen away,
Stolen away, stolen away,
Silver and gold will be stolen away,
My fair lady.

Set a man to watch all night,
Watch all night, watch all night,
Set a man to watch all night,
My fair lady.

Suppose the man should fall asleep,
Fall asleep, fall asleep,
Suppose the man should fall asleep?
My fair lady.

Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
Smoke all night, smoke all night,
Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
My fair lady.[1]

The earliest printed English version is in Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book (c. 1744) with the following text:

London Bridge
Is Broken down,
Dance over my Lady Lee.
London Bridge
Is Broken down
With a gay Lady.

How shall we build
It up again,
Dance over my Lady Lee, &c.

Build it up with
Gravel, and Stone,
Dance over my Lady Lee, &c.

Gravel, and Stone,
Will wash away,
Dance over my Lady Lee, &c.

Build it up with
Iron, and Steel,
Dance over my Lady Lee, &c.

Iron, and Steel,
Will bend, and Bow,
Dance over my Lady Lee, &c.

Build it up with
Silver, and Gold,
Dance over my Lady Lee, &c.

Silver, and Gold
Will be stolen away,
Dance over my Lady Lee, &c.

Then we'l set
A man to Watch,
Dance over my Lady Lee.
Then we'l set
A man to Watch,
With a gay Lady."
Musician: folk song

Name of Song: London Bridge Is Falling Down

Relevant Verse:
"London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady."


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