"Little Bo Peep" or "Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Sheep" is a popular English nursery rhyme and children's song. The second line is sometimes replaced with â€œAnd can't tell where to find themâ€. Common variations in the fourth line include â€œDragging their tails behind them.â€ The melody associated with the song was first recorded by James William Elliot in 1870.
Extended version of the song:
Then up she took her little crook,
determined for to find them;
she found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
for they'd left their tails behind them.
It happened one day, as Bo-Peep did stray
into a meadow hard by,
there she espied their tails side by side,
all hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
and over the hillocks went rambling,
and tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
to tack each again to its lambkin