London Bridge Is Falling Down

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If you don't know this Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme - London Bridge is Falling Down - you will have fun learning it.

There is an activity that goes along with it. You have to have at least three people to do it but it's not much fun unless you have five or more - the more the better.

Two people stand facing each other and hold hands high in the air - they are the bridge.

Then everyone else lines up and slowly walks under the bridge and back around, and under the bridge again, all the while singing London Bridge is Falling Down.

They all keep walking and singing until they get to the part that says "My Fair Lady!" At that point the two people who are acting as the bridge pull their arms down (while still holding hands) and "catch" whoever is going under the bridge at that time.

Then that person who was caught is out and the song starts again. Each time you sing "My Fair Lady" another person is caught and out until there's only one person left.

It's fun to try even if you think you're too grown up for it! Get your whole family involved!

Most people don't know all the nursery rhyme lyrics to this little song because it's pretty long. There are also several different versions - we've just include one. All you need to learn are the first couple of verses and it's still fun!

London Bridge is Falling Down

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London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady!



Build it up with iron bars,

Iron bars, iron bars.

Build it up with iron bars,

My fair lady!



Iron bars will bend and break,

Bend and break, bend and break.

Iron bars will bend and break,

My fair lady!



Build it up with needles and pins,

Needles and pins, needles and pins.

Build it up with needles and pins,

My fair lady!



Pins and needles rust and bend,

Rust and bend, rust and bend.

Pins and needles rust and bend,

My fair lady!



Build it up with penny loaves,

Penny loaves, penny loaves.

Build it up with penny loaves,

My fair lady!



Penny loaves will tumble down,

Tumble down, tumble down.

Penny loaves will tumble down,

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!



Gold and silver I’ve not got,

I’ve not got, I’ve not got.

Gold and silver I’ve not got,

My fair lady!



Here's a prisoner I have got,

I have got, I have got.

Here’s a prisoner I have got,

My fair lady!



What's the prisoner done to you,

Done to you, done to you?

What’s the prisoner done to you,

My fair lady!



Stole my watch and broke my chain,

Broke my chain, broke my chain.

Stole my watch and broke my chain,

My fair lady!



What'll you take to set him free,

Set him free, set him free?

What’ll you take to set him free,

My fair lady!



One hundred pounds will set him free,

Set him free, set him free.

One hundred pounds will set him free,

My fair lady!



One hundred pounds we have not got,

Have not got, have not got.

One hundred pounds we have not got,

My fair lady!



Then off to prison he must go,

He must go, he must go.

Then off to prison he must go,

My fair lady!




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