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The Grand Old Duke of York

[ Roud 742 ; Ballad Index FSWB390B ; trad.]

Tim Hart sang The Grand Old Duke of York in 1981 on his album My Very Favourite Nursery Rhyme Record. This track was later included on his compilation CD Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Other Children’s Songs.


Oh the Grand Old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

Now when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half way up,
They were neither up nor down.