Old Abram Brown is an old nursery rhyme. In some versions, he’s called Old Grimes. Some people sing this rhyme as a song for Halloween. Here are the lyrics and a YouTube video…
Old Abram Brown is Dead and Gone
Old Abram Brown is dead and gone,
You’ll never see him more;
He used to wear a long brown coat,
That buttoned down before.
About the rhyme: According to The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, "Old Abram Brown" is from a mummers’ play. The mummers would go around from house to house in disguise and perform plays. Mumming goes back to the Middle Ages and was extremely popular in Great Britain. It was often done at specific times of the year, like Easter, Christmas and All Souls Day (near Halloween). Mummers’ plays often involved the killing and resuscitation of one of the characters.
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