Humpty Dumpty | Lyrics, Free Piano & Guitar Sheet Music and Online Piano Lesson for Kids

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Humpty Dumpty is a nursery rhyme. It is one of the best known and most popular rhymes in the English language. The earliest known version was published in 1797.


In Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty was an egg who met his tragic demise when he fell from a wall. The original Humpty Dumpty, was however, a large cannon used during the English Civil War (1642 - 1649) during the Siege of Colchester. The town of Colchester was a walled city with a castle and several churches. Standing right next to the city wall, was St Mary's Church. Placed on the wall of St. Mary's Church was a huge cannon named Humpty Dumpty. Humpy Dumpty's tragic fall resulted from a shot from a Parliamentary cannon which damaged the wall beneath the cannon. The Royalists, or Cavaliers, tried to raise Humpty Dumpty up again, and place it on another part of the wall. However, because the cannon was so heavy they were unable to raise it. As a result, the town of Colchester fell to the Parliamentarians.


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a big fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

Alternative Rhymes

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Four-score men and four-score more,
Could not make Humpty Dumpty where he was before.

Humpty Dumpty sate on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
Threescore men and threescore more,
Cannot place Humpty Dumpty as he was before.

Humpty Dumpty lay in a beck.
With all his sinews around his neck;
Forty doctors and forty wrights
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty to rights.

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