London Bridge Is Falling Down! by Peter SpierI have admired Peter Spiers artwork for years. This book is no exception. Beginning with the old nursery rhyme: See-saw sacradown, Which is the way to London town?,,, Spier proceeds to illustrate all of the verses of London Bridge is Falling Down in very detailed ink and watercolor paintings. The illustrations depict London and the Thames at about the time of the American Revolution. Spier depicts the bridge falling, the engineers planning, and the various materials that were tried but failed. After the last verse (a reprise of the first), Spier includes the score for the song with all the verses listed. Following that is a short history of the London bridge from 43 B.C., to the mid 1960s (this book was published in 1967). This book deserved its Boston Globe-Horn Book award.
London Bridge Is Falling Down
London Bridge is Falling Down is a popular English nursery rhyme. Perhaps you remember it from when you were a child? While the origins of rhyme likely date back to the Middle Ages or beyond, the song really became popular in the mid 18th century, when the lyrics were first printed in the form we know today. There are many different versions found throughout the world. The most common American version of the rhyme goes a little something like this:.
The ghost of Sarah Collins sings this rhyme, while playing with a ball, when she first appears to Maggie Evans who was being imprisoned by the vampire named Barnabas Collins , Sarah's older brother. Later, when Maggie's father and boyfriend showed up at Windcliff Sanitarium to visit her, she became confused and began singing the song, breaking down at the "Take the key and lock her up" portion Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady. Take a key and lock her up, Lock her up, Lock her up.
London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady. Build it up with wood and clay, Wood and clay, wood and clay, Build it up with wood and clay, My fair lady. Wood and clay will wash away, Wash away, wash away, Wood and clay will wash away, My fair lady. Build it up with silver and gold, Silver and gold, silver and gold, Build it up with silver and gold, My fair lady. Gold and silver I have none, I have none, I have none. Gold and silver I have none, My fair lady.
London Bridge is Falling Down is a nursery rhyme that became immensely popular in the middle of the 18th century. Its origin might actually date back all the way to the middle ages or even beyond., Build it up with wood and clay, Wood and clay, wood and clay, Build it up with wood and clay, My fair Lady.
It was destroyed several times and rebuilt during the Viking and Saxon invasions but also during natural disasters such as the tornado or the great fire of The new stone bridge, completed in , was designed with 19 arches and a gatehouse accessed by a drawbridge. It was populated with around shops and businesses, so crossing the river became really hard. Although the bridge was not destroyed in the fire, its stability was seriously deteriorated. A new construction of London Bridge was started in the 19th century, replacing the old one, demolished in The actual London Bridge is an even more recent edifice, started during the s. The demolished bridge in was sold out, and stone by stone it was moved and re-assembled in a new place in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
It deals with the depredations of London Bridge and attempts, realistic or fanciful, to repair it. It may date back to bridge rhymes and games of the Late Middle Ages , but the earliest records of the rhyme in English are from the seventeenth century. The lyrics were first printed in close to their modern form in the mid-eighteenth century and became popular, particularly in Britain and the United States during the 19th century. The modern melody was first recorded in the late nineteenth century and the game resembles arch games of the Middle Ages, but seems to have taken its modern form in the late nineteenth century. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of Several theories have been advanced to explain the meaning of the rhyme and the identity of the "fair lady" of the refrain.
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