Rub a Dub Dub Lyrics – Free PDF for Printouts

If you’ve been looking for Rub a Dub Dub lyrics, especially if you’d like to print them out, then you’re on the right page!

“Rub-a-dub-dub” is an English nursery rhyme dating back to the 14th century. Its earliest printed version is in the “Christmas Box” collection that was published in London in 1798. In 1825, the song appears in the USA in Mother Goose’s Quarto or Melodies Complete.

The rhyme back then was about three “three maids in a tub”, as you can see below:

Hey! rub-a-dub, ho! rub-a-dub, three maids in a tub,
And who do you think were there?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker,
And all of them gone to the fair.

Today, the lyrics have been altered to mention three men in the tub.

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 Rub a Dub Dub Lyrics PDF

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Rub a Dub Dub lyrics printable PDF

Rub a Dub Dub Lyrics

Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick-maker,
Who all sailed out to the sea.

Rub-a-dub-dub Lyrics Meaning

The older reference to “three maids in a tub” and, at the same time, the presence of three men, has risen a lot of questions. According to The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes from 1951, the lyrics are illustrating a scene of a fairground attraction with naked ladies, like a modern peep show.

Sing-along Video

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