This rhyme was recorded as early as 1806, in Massachusetts and Connecticut, in the USA...

Intery, Mintery, Cutery Corn - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Another Version:

Intry, mintry, cutry corn,
Apple-seed an' apple-thorn,
Wire, brier, limber lock,
Twelve geese all in a white flock;
Some fly east an' some fly west
An' some fly over the cuckoo's nest.


This rhyme can be found in The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. It can also be found in The Mother Goose; Containing All The Melodies The Old Lady Ever Wrote, edited By Dame Goslin (1850).


Here's the version you can hear in the mp3 below...

Intery, mintery, cutery, corn,
Apple seed, and apple thorn;
Wire, brier, limber lock,
Three geese in a flock,
One flew east and one flew west,
And one flew over the cuckoo's nest.


Read by Kandice Stehlik.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Image from "In the Nursery of My Bookhouse" (1920), edited by Olive Beaupre Miller.