Old Mother Hubbard Lyrics – The Best Free PDF for Printouts

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“Old Mother Hubbard” is a poem and traditional nursery rhyme.

On this page you’ll find the lyrics of the song and a printable PDF file with lyrics for free download. You can also watch a sing-along video. Enjoy!

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Printable Old Mother Hubbard Lyrics PDF

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Old Mother Hubbard Lyrics

Short Version

  1. Old Mother Hubbard
    Went to the Cupboard,
    To give the poor Dog a bone;
    When she came there,
    The Cupboard was bare,
    And so the poor Dog had none.
  1. She went to the Baker’s
    To buy him some Bread;
    When she came back
    The Dog was dead!
  1. She went to the Undertaker’s
    To buy him a coffin;
    When she came back
    The Dog was laughing.

Extended Version

  1. Old Mother Hubbard
    Went to the cupboard,
    To give the poor dog a bone:
    When she came there,
    The cupboard was bare,
    And so the poor dog had none.
  1. She went to the baker’s
    To buy him some bread;
    When she came back
    The dog was dead!
  1. She went to the undertaker’s
    To buy him a coffin;
    When she came back
    The dog was laughing.
  1. She took a clean dish
    to get him some tripe;
    When she came back
    He was smoking his pipe.
  1. She went to the alehouse
    To get him some beer;
    When she came back
    The dog sat in a chair.
  1. She went to the tavern
    For white wine and red;
    When she came back
    The dog stood on his head.
  1. She went to the fruiterer’s
    To buy him some fruit;
    When she came back
    He was playing the flute.
  1. She went to the tailor’s
    To buy him a coat;
    When she came back
    He was riding a goat.
  1. She went to the hatter’s
    To buy him a hat;
    When she came back
    He was feeding her cat.
  1. She went to the barber’s
    To buy him a wig
    When she came back
    He was dancing a jig.
  1. She went to the cobbler’s
    To buy him some shoes;
    When she came back
    He was reading the news.
  1. She went to the sempstress
    To buy him some linen;
    When she came back
    The dog was spinning.
  1. She went to the hosier’s
    To buy him some hose;
    When she came back
    He was dressed in his clothes.
  1. The Dame made a curtsy,
    The dog made a bow;
    The Dame said, Your servant;
    The dog said, Bow-wow.
  1. This wonderful dog
    Was Dame Hubbard’s delight,
    He could read, he could dance,
    He could sing, he could write;
    She gave him rich dainties
    Whenever he fed,
    And erected this monument
    When he was dead.

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Sing-along Video

Old Mother Hubbard Song Information

“Old Mother Hubbard” is one of the most popular nursery rhymes of all times. It was written by Sarah Catherine Martin and first published in 1805 in the book “The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog“. It has the number of 19334 in the Roud Folk Song Index.

The story of the song was probably based on an earlier poem for children, “Old Dame”. Just like many rhymes from the 19th century, Old mother Hubbard lyrics refer to the poverty in England at the time. The Muffin Man is another example of this kind.

The character of Old Mother Hubbard is related to either St. Hubert, the protector of hunters, mathematicians, opticians and metalworkers, or to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey – just like the Little Boy Blue nursery rhyme.

Today there are many variations to be found, translations in other languages, like Russian, Chinese, Dutch and even parodies of this rhyme.

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