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This Ol’ Man Traditional Children’s Song, arranged by Greg Gilpin

This ol’ man, he played one. He played knick knack on my thumb. With a knick knack patty wack, give a dog a bone. This ol’ man came rolling home. Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. This ol’ man, he played two. He played knick knack on my shoe. Lou, Lou, skip to my Lou. With a knick knack patty wack, give a dog a bone. This ol’ man came rolling home. Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. This ol’ man, he played three He played knick knack on my knee. (tap rhythm on knees)

With a knick knack patty wack, give a dog a bone. This ol’ man came rolling home. Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. This ol’ man, he played four. He played knick knack on my door. Spoken: Knock

knock. Who’s there? (Clap, Clap, Clap.)

With a knick knack patty wack, give a dog a bone. This ol’ man came rolling home. Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. This ol’ man, he played five. He played knick knack on my hive. Spoken:

Bzzzzzzzz Ouch!

This ol’ man, he played six. He played knick knack on my sticks. (piano plays “Chopsticks.”) Spoken:

Chop, Chop!

This ol’ man, he played seven. He played knick knack up to heaven. (Lots of crying and sobbing)

With a knick knack patty wack, give a dog a bone.

This ol’ man came rolling home. This ol’ man, he played eight. He played knick knack on my gate. This ol’ man, he played nine. He played knick knack mighty fine! (wait) With a knick knack patty wack, give a dog a bone. Swing your partner, do si do!

This ol’ man, he played ten. Fin’ly we have reached the end! With a knick knack patty wack. Be it ever so humble. This ol’ man came roll-- ing--- home---.


Knick knack patty wack!


This Ol' Man