London Bridge Is Falling Down

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Children’s song/Nursery rhyme, U.K.

“London Bridge Is Falling Down” is a traditional nursery rhyme whose earliest known records are from the 17th century. The song recounts the attempts to repair the bridge of London.

The melody probably comes from a medieval theme, but its modern version formed in the late 19th century.Matilda of Scotland, Henry I’s consort, and Eleanor of Provence, consort of Henry III,  had the responsibility of building or repairing works on early 11th and 13th century respectively and are two of the candidates for the “fair lady” of the chorus.


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“London Bridge Is Falling Down”  lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12.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.


“London Bridge Is Falling Down”  Music Score / sheet music with chords

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“London Bridge Is Falling Down”  Teaching idea

The song is connected with the “arch” game, common since medieval ages, where two children make an arch with their hands held up, while the other pass through below, in a row.

As the song goes on, the “arch” is lowered and the two children catch the player who passes at the moment the last word of the song is sung.


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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Good day

    I am wondering whether you might know who has ownership of the rhyme “London Bridge is falling down”?

    I am currently working on a textbook series that references the rhyme, but I’m not sure where to obtain permission to use it in the books. Would it fall under public domain?

    Kind regards,
    Jacqui

    1. Hi Jacqui. Yes, the composition and the lyrics are public domain, but Singing Bell’s version is copyrighted to us. I guess you’re talking about the song generally, right?

  2. Um. That’s Westminster Bridge in the photo.

    1. That’s only four bridges down!

      In all seriousness, we didn’t find any good coloured illustrations of the London Bridge in its old medieval design, so we went for the other landmark bridge instead – which seems rather timeless.

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