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Polly Put the Kettle On


Polly and Sukey

Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
We'll all have tea.


Blow the fire and make the toast,
Put the muffins on to roast,
Blow the fire and make the toast,
We'll all have tea.


Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
They've all gone away.
Teakettle

One account, found on the Web: In 1794, there was a man who had two daughters and three sons. The children used to play in the nursery; the girls wanted to play house and the boys wanted to play soldiers. The girls would pull out their tea set and say Polly put the kettle on the boys hearing this would flee to another part of the house to avoid becoming involved in playing girls games. As soon as the boys had left Polly would tell Sukey (Susan) to take the kettle off and the girls would settle down to play dolls. Their father having heard this wrote it down and set it to music.

Midi: Polly Put the Kettle On




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