Wee Willie Winkie is both a Mother Goose nursery rhyme and a lullaby from Richard Scarry's Best Sing-Along Mother Goose Video Ever.

At 8:00 at night when Emperor Huckle reaches the town square in Mother Goose Land after the rhyme/lullaby, he asks Wee Willie Winkie if he's excused. He's sorry and can't stop the talk. He has to make sure all the children are in the bed. He asks Emperor Huckle why isn't he in bed. Emperor Huckle was in bed, but now he's looking for his friend, Lowly. Willie thinks that's too bad. He'd like to help Emperor Huckle look for him, but he hasn't finished his job here. He's sorry again, so he'd better go and says goodbye, while he's on his way calling, "Lights out! It's 8 o'clock! Time for bed!" Poor Emperor Huckle sits on the front porch steps of one of the houses, thinking that he'd lost his friend again. Then he sees a big castle that belongs to Old King Cole. Maybe Emperor Huckle thinks the people in this big castle will know where Lowly is. And so, he decides to go to King Cole's castle.

Lyrics/Script Edit

Woman Singer (offscreen): Wee Willie Winkie

Runs through the town

Upstairs downstairs

In his nightgown

Rapping at the window

Crying through the lock

Wee Willie Winkie: "Are there children all in bed

For now it's 8 o' clock?"

Trivia Edit

This rhyme was published in 1841.

In the line "Rapping at the window", the term rapping means knocking.

Alternate lyrics (not in the video) Edit

Lines 2, 3, 4 Edit

  • Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,
  • Tapping (or knocking) through (or at) the window, crying at the lock,
  • Are the children in their bed, for it's past ten o'clock?


  • Are the children in their beds? Now it's eight o'clock.