Enjoy Singing Game With London Bridge is Falling Down

"London Bridge Is Falling Down", also best known as "My Fair Lady" and "London Bridge" is one of the children's favorite traditional nursery rhymes and singing games. The traditional song is found in several versions across the world. 
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 The lyrics which is very similar to the modern version, were first published in the mid-eighteenth century. Lyrics to the rhyme were enjoyed by kids and preschoolers and was most popular in Britain and the United States during the nineteenth century.

Though several variations are found in the lyrics of the song, the most frequently used first verse is:

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

Origin and Meaning 

The meaning of "London Bridge Is Falling Down" rhyme is uncertain. It is often related to the difficulties that were experienced in bridging the River Thames. The song deals with the destruction of London Bridge and fanciful and some real attempts made to repair it. 

Several theories have been forwarded to identify the "fair lady" of the song including:

Matilda of Scotland, who had to build a series of bridges between 1110 and 1118 that carried the London-Colchester road across the River Lea and its side streams between Bow and Stratford.

Eleanor of Provence who was the custodian of bridge revenues from 1269 to about 1281.

The rhyme is one of the best known nursery rhymes, with similar rhymes found across the Europe. These include "Die Magdeburger Brück" from Germany,  "Knippelsbro Går Op og Ned" from Denmark, "pont chus" from sixteenth-century France; and "Le porte", from fourteenth-century Italy. Commentators believe that the song was inherited from one of these sources and then the variation was adapted to fit the popular London bridge in England.

One of the earliest references to "London Bridge Is Falling Down" rhyme in the English language is found in "The London Chaunticleres", which was published in the year 1657. One of the theories claims that a similar rhyme was composed by Henry Carey in his satire Namby Pamby.

A Fun Singing Game

"London Bridge Is Falling Down" is not only one of the best known kids songs but also a well-known singing game. Children use the song in singing games, which can be found in different forms, sometimes with additional verses. In this fun singing game, two players hold hands and forms an arch with their arms. Rest of the players pass through it in a single file while singing or reciting the rhyme. At the nursery rhyme's end, the arch is lowered to catch a player. 

Until the nineteenth century, this popular children's song was accompanied by a circle dance. Later, the arch games became a part of the song and gained popularity across late medieval Europe. "London Bridge Is Falling Down" nursery rhyme is usually sung to the tune of "Hark the Robbers", or "Watch and Chain" song.