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Oranges and Lemons

[ Roud 13190 ; Ballad Index BGMG640 ; trad.]

Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Melanie Harrold, Bob Johnson and John Kirkpatrick sang Oranges and Lemons in 1981 on Tim Hart and Friends’ album My Very Favourite Nursery Rhyme Record. This track was later included on their compilation CD Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Other Children’s Songs.


Oranges and lemons
Said the bells of St. Clements
You owe me five farthings
Said the bells of St. Martins

When will you pay me?
Said the bells of Old Bailey
When I grow rich
Said the bells of Shoreditch

And when will that be?
Said the bells of Stepney
Oh I do not know
Said the great bell of Bow

Here comes a candle
To light you to bed
And here comes a chopper
To chop off your head