"I just looked up this rhyme because I also remember it from my childhood. My grandfather used it and it has come down my family ever since. I have never heard it anywhere else. My memory of it is as follows..." -Jon Hayter


Notice the similarity between this rhyme and Here Goes My Lord.

Game Instructions

This game is played with a child (not too young and not a baby) on your lap facing you with his/her legs wrapped around your legs for support.

Jon gave the game instructions as follows:

On "Amble amble" - Little bounces with your legs.
On "Gallop a gallop" - Big ones!
Then open your legs. While supporting the child, lean the child back (safely!) with their legs still wrapped round yours and still supporting them.


"I'm from England but this tale came from my grandfather who was chief of police in part of India for many years. My father and all his siblings were born there and returned to England later. And coincidentally 1880s would also have been my grandfathers era." -Jon


In the recording below, Jon recites the last line slightly different from above. He says, "Into the ditch he went!"


Thanks to Jon Hayter for reciting this for us!

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Jon Hayter for sharing this rhyme with us!