nursery rhyme lyrics & origins

Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

Leg over Leg

Nursery Rhyme Lyrics, Origins and History


The meaning of the title of the Nursery Rhyme, Leg over leg is obscure but we believe it was once used to describe a stage of a journey or course. Generally referred to as a course sailed on a tack which is near the desired course. Can you help us identify the the place of origin or history of this lesser known children's nursery rhyme? Please e-mail us with any suggestions and become part of our Nursery Rhyme site (we will credit you with any additions!) Help us to maintain our history and heritage through the words and lyrics of the humble Nursery Rhyme. Contact us at  we'd love to hear from you!




Picture of a Highwayman - often
encountered on the London-Dover road

Leg over Leg
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

Leg over leg,
As the dog went to Dover;
When he came to a stile
Hop! He went over.

Leg over Leg
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history


Note: A Rhymes lyrics and the perceived origins of some Nursery Rhymes vary according to location


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