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London Bridge is Falling Down

"London Bridge Is Falling Down" is a traditional nursery rhyme and game that has been passed down through many generations. The origins of the rhyme date back to the 17th century, and it has been sung by children for centuries. The "falling down" part of the rhyme is not about a recent event but refers to the different bridges that have had problems in the past. So when kids sing "London Bridge Is Falling Down," they're singing about the history of the bridge and the different challenges it has faced over time.

London Bridge is falling down

Falling down, falling down

London Bridge is falling down

My fair lady

Build it up with iron bars

Iron bars, iron bars

Build it up with iron bars

My fair lady

Iron bars will bend and break

Bend and break, bend and break

Iron bars will bend and break

My fair lady

Build it up with gold and silver

Gold and silver, gold and silver

Build it up with gold and silver

My fair lady

Gold and silver we've not got

We've not got, we've not got

Gold and silver we've not got

My fair lady

London Bridge is falling down

Falling down, falling down

London Bridge is falling down

My fair lady

London Bridge is falling down

Falling down, falling down

London Bridge is falling down

My fair lady

History of the poem

The song talks about the London Bridge, a famous bridge in London, England, that was built over the River Thames. The bridge was often rebuilt or repaired because it kept falling down. This is why the song says "London Bridge is falling down." The song also mentions a variety of materials that were used to build the bridge, like silver and gold, iron, and wood. Each verse ends with a question: "Build it up with wood and clay, Wood and clay will wash away. Build it up with bricks and mortar, Bricks and mortar will not fall." So, when kids sing "London Bridge Is Falling Down," they're not just singing a fun song. They're also learning about a piece of history and how things were built in the past. And they're having fun at the same time!

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