Murbach/2617/Secret History of Nursery Rhymes



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NAME OF RHYME: Rain, Rain, Go Away
HISTORICAL TIME/DATE (2 pts): The origin of the lyrics to “Rain, rain go away” date back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE (3 pts): During the period of English history, there was a rivalry between Spain and England culminating the launch of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
ORIGINAL LYRICS (2 pts):
Rain, rain go away
      Come back another day,
Little Johnny wants to play.
Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.
Rain, rain, go to Spain.
Never show your face again.

INTERPRETATION OF RHYME/WHAT THE WORDS IN THE RHYME MEANT ORIGINALLY 5 pts): The Spanish Armada was defeated, not only because of the swift nature of the smaller English ships, but also because of the stormy weather which scattered the Armada fleet.


LATEST RECORDED VERSION OF RHYME (2 pts):
Rain, rain go away,
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play;
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again!

SITE NAMES AND URLs WHERE YOU FOUND THE INFORMATION (1 pt):


www.indiaparenting.com/rhymes/english.htm

www.falcon.jmu.edu/~ramsey/poechild.htm

www.rhymes.org.uk/

www.laterntree.com/nurseryrhymes/rainraingoaway.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain_Rain_Go_Away

ANY OTHER INTERESTING FACTS (5 pts):

There are several longer versions, the most common of which is:

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again another day.

Rain, rain, go away.

Come again some other day.

Little Arthur wants to play,

In the meadow by the hay.

Rain, rain, go to Spain,

Never show your face again.

Rain, rain, pour down,

But not a drop on our town.

Rain on the green grass,

and rain on the tree,

And rain on the housetop,

but not on me.

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again on washing day.

Rain, rain, go to Germany,

And remain there permanently.

Rain, rain, go away,

Come on Martha's wedding day.

Additional Verses:

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again another day,

If you don't, I will say,

Rain, rain go away.

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again some other day,

We want to go outside and play,

Come again some other day.

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again some other day,

If you don't, I don't care,

I'll pull down your underwear!
It's raining, it's pouring;
The old man is snoring.
Bumped his head
And he went to bed
And he couldn't get up in the morning.


Rain, rain, go away;
Come again another day;
Little Johnny wants to play.

The folk group Peter, Paul & Mary recorded a version of "It's Raining" on their first LP in 1962.

It's raining, it's pouring;
The old man is snoring.
Bumped his head
And he went to bed
And he couldn't get up in the morning. -1

The industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails used the short rhyme in their song "Down in It."



The rock band Breaking Benjamin used some lines in their song "Rain".


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