Interesting Origins of Hickory Dickory Dock Song

"Hickory Dickory Dock" or "Hickety Dickety Dock" is one of the best known English nursery rhymes for kids. The writer of this beautiful and sweet kids' song is not known. The earliest version of the nursery rhyme was published in 'Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book' in 1744.
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The first line in the book is composed as 'Hickere, Dickere Dock'. Another version of the rhyme was recorded in 'Mother Goose's Melody', which used the opening line - 'Hickory, Dickory Dock'.


Some commentators claims that "Hickory Dickory Dock" song originated as a counting-out rhyme. Shepherd of Westmorland used the number Hevera (8), Devera (9) and Dick (10) in the 19th century.

Another theory claim that the rhyme is based on the astronomical clock at Exeter Cathedral. There is a small hole in the clock's door for the resident cat to catch mice. 

A person running a Clock Shop in Tennessee, claims that the nursery rhyme originated from the real events which occurred in everyday homes. In most of the antique clocks, lead weights were suspended by twine to operate them. This twine was lubricated by people using lard, grease or fat. And if twine is not lubricated, it would dry rot and break. At night, the mice climbed up the clock to lick the fat from the lubricated twine. Accidentally, poor mice also chewed through the twine and the lead weight came crashing down inside the clock. The lead weight along with bells made a bit noisy, which scared the mice, causing it to run down the clock. 

Lyrics to  Hickory Dickory Dock Nursery Rhyme 

Like other nursery rhymes and children's songs, attempts have been made to alter lyrics or add verses to the song. But the most common modern version is:

Hickory, Dickory, dock.

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

The mouse ran down,

Hickory, dickory, dock.

Hickory, Dickory, dock.

The bird flew up the clock.

The clock struck two,

Away she flew,

Hickory, dickory, dock.

Some people use different variants including  "down the mouse run", "down the mouse ran" or "and down he ran" instead of "the mouse ran down".

Fun way to teach the rhyme

Learning can be fun if accompanied by some actions!!! So, while singing or reciting the rhyme, enjoy a set of actions or hand movements so that little learners can easily master their favorite song. Preschoolers can play and learn lyrics to "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" song in the most engaging way.