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"This Old Man" is an children's song from The Wiggles' their debut album, Pop Go The Wiggles and Apples and Bananas.

Origins

The origins of this song are obscure. The earliest extant record is a version noted in Anne Gilchrist's Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (1937), learnt from her Welsh nurse in the 1870s under the title "Jack Jintle" with the lyrics:

My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but one,
And I can play nick-nack upon my own thumb.
With my nick-nack and click-clack and sing a fine song,
And all the fine ladies come dancing along.

My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but two,
And I can play nick-nack upon my own shoe.
With my nick-nack and click-clack and sing a fine song,
And all the fine ladies come dancing along.

My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but three,
And I can play nick-nack upon my own knee.
With my nick-nack and click-clack and sing a fine song,
And all the fine ladies come dancing along.

Song Credits

1991 Version

2007 Version

2014/2017 Version

Musicians

1991 Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Murray Cook, Anthony Field, Phillip Wilcher
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Piano - Philip Wilcher
  • Tin Whistle/Chief Kabasa Player - Anthony Field

2007 Version

2014 Version

  • Vocals - Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Backing Vocals - Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Bass Guitar - Alex Keller
  • Drums - Anthony Field
  • Percussion - Anthony Field
  • Piano - Lachlan Gillespie
  • Bouzouki - George Tseroes

2017 Version

  • Vocals - Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Backing Vocals - Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Bass Guitar - Alex Keller
  • Drums - Anthony Field
  • Percussion - Anthony Field
  • Piano - Lachlan Gillespie
  • Bouzouki - George Tseroes

Listen

21 This Old Man

Song Lyrics

1991

Greg: This old man, he played one

He played nick nack on my drum

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

Anthony: This old man, he played two

He played nick nack on my shoe

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

Murray: This old man, he played three

He played nick nack on my knee

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

This old man came rolling home

Greg: This old man, he played four

He played nick nack on the floor

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

Anthony: This old man, he played five

He played nick nack making a dive

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

Dorothy: This old man, he played six

He played nick nack with some sticks

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

Greg: This old man, he played seven

He played nick nack up in heaven

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Anthony: This old man, he played eight

He played nick nack on my plate

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

Murray: This old man, he played nine

He played nick nack on my spine

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

Greg: This old man, he played ten

He played nick nack once again

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

All: This old man came rolling home

All: (Sigh)

2007

Anthony: This old man, he played one

He played nick nack on my drum

All: With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

Jeff: This old man, he played two

He played nick nack on my shoe

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

All: Give a dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

Murray: This old man, he played three

He played nick nack on my knee

All: With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

Sam: This old man, he played four

He played nick nack on my door

All: With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Captain Feathersword: This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played five

He played nick nack on my hive

All: With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

2014

Simon: This old man, he played one

He played nick nack on my thumb

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Lachy: This old man, he played two

He played nick nack on my shoe

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Emma: This old man, he played three

He played nick nack on my knee

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Anthony: This old man, he played four

He played nick nack on my door

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Simon: This old man, he played five

He played nick nack on my hive

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Lachy: This old man, he played six

He played nick nack on my sticks

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Emma: This old man, he played seven

He played nick nack up to heaven

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Anthony: This old man, he played eight

He played nick nack on my gate

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Simon: This old man, he played nine

He played nick nack on my spine

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Lachy: This old man, he played ten

He played nick nack once again

With a nick-nack-paddy-wack

Give a dog a bone

Wiggles: This old man came rolling home

Video Performances

Album Appearances

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