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Old King Cole is a Mother Goose nursery rhyme from Richard Scarry's Best Sing-Along Mother Goose Video Ever.

After the rhyme at King Cole’s party in the castle, Emperor Huckle asks Old King Cole if he's seen Lowly Worm. King Cole thinks he's long and thin, he wears a green yodeler hat, and one shoe... but he hasn't seen him. But if he does and wants a piece of pie, he'll tell him Emperor Huckle's looking for him!

Lyrics Edit

Old King Cole

Was a merry old soul

And a merry old soul was he

He called for his pipe

And he called for his bowl

And he called for his fiddlers three

Every fiddler he had a fiddle

And a very fine fiddle had he

Tweedledee, tweedledee

With the fiddlers three

And merry we will be

Old King Cole

Was a merry old soul

And a merry old soul was he

He called for his pipe

And he called for his bowl

And he called for his fiddlers three

Trivia Edit

This rhyme was published in 1708-1709.

There are some alternate ones that are not in the video:

  • In some versions, the fiddlers are replaced with trumpeters and drummers with the words to the chorus: “Dance to the (fiddlers, trumpeters, drummers) (3x) three.” They also end with “Dance to the (fiddlers...trumpeters...drummers). Dance and dance and dance until you all fall down with me!” or “Oh, there's none so rare as can compare with King Cole and his fiddlers three!”
  • Also, what else King Cole called for are his queen, his court, his ladies, and his lords.
  • The song is first attested in William King in his Useful Transactions in Philosophy in 1708-1709. King's version has the following lyrics:
    • Good King Cole
    • And he call'd for his Bowle
    • And he call'd for Fidler's three
    • And there was Fiddle, Fiddle
    • And twice Fiddle, Fiddle
    • For 'twas my Lady's Birth-day
    • Therefore we keep Holy-day
    • And come to be merry