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Cock-a-doodle-doo!

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The Nursery Rhyme Cock-a-doodle-doo, in our category 'Lost Lyrics of an Old Nursery Rhyme'. Can you help us identify the the place of origin or history of this lesser known children's nursery rhyme? Contact us at webmaster@rhymes.org.uk we'd love to hear from you!

What's the difference between a Fiddle and a Violin?
This nursery rhyme makes several references to the fiddle or fiddling stick. Primitive forms of fiddles were used. Every schoolchild has heard of the story when 'Nero fiddled while Rome burned'. But what is the difference between the common fiddle and the refined violin? A fiddle has four strings and a violin has five strings. The word 'fiddle derives from the from the Old English word 'fithele' which changed to the Middle English word 'fidele'. In Old German it was called the 'fidula'. In France the word was 'viole' and in Italy 'viola' and 'violino'. From these words we get 'violin'! So basically the words fiddle and violin mean same!

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Cock-a-doodle-doo!
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

Cock a doodle doo,
My dame has lost her shoe;
My master's lost his fiddle stick,
And knows not what to do.

Cock a doodle doo,
What is my dame to do?
Till master finds his fiddling stick
She'll dance without her shoe.

Cock a doddle doo,
My dame has found her shoe,
And master's found his fiddling stick
She'll now dance with her shoe.

Cock a doodle doo,
My dame will dance with you,
While master fiddles his fiddling stick,
For dame and doodle doo.

Cock-a-doodle-doo!
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

 

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