"My Irish grandmother used to sing this to me when I was a child. It has a moral to it about vanity and how it can lead to trouble. As with many old nursery rhymes it is a bit gruesome but it was supposed to be used as a learning device." -Lizabeth

Three Little Mice Sat Down to Spin - Irish Children's Songs - Ireland - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


"The modern versions of this omit the latter part, probably so to not upset little ears. My uncle used to always say when he was little 'naughty pussy - sing it again'." -Lizabeth

Here is the version in the video:

Six little mice sat down to spin.
Pussy passed by and she peeped in.
"What are you doing my fine little men?"
"We're weaving coats for gentlemen."
"Can I come in and cut off your threads?"
"Oh no, Mistress Pussy, you'd bite off our heads."

Said pussy, "I think you're wonderfully wise,
I love your long whiskers and your round black eyes."
The mice were so pleased that they opened their doors.
And pussy soon laid them all dead on the floor!

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Lizabeth Souness for sharing this nursery rhyme with us and for commenting on it!