Little Boy Blue Nursery Rhyme Lyrics, Video, and Printable

Little Boy Blue is a traditional English-language nursery rhyme about a little boy who has the task of being a shepherd.

Like many nursery rhymes, this song is quite old as reflected by a young boy being tasked with a job rather than being sent to school.

The earliest recorded allusion to the song goes back to 1744 when a version was printed in Tommy Thumb’s Little Song Book.

There are chances the song is much older than that, though.

And yet the catchy rhyme continues to entertain kids and teach them about farm animals.

Lyrics for Little Boy Blue

There are several versions of the nursery rhyme. This is one:

Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow,
The cow’s in the corn;

Where is that boy
Who looks after the sheep?
Under the haystack
Fast asleep.

Here’s another slightly different version with a third verse:

Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow,
The cow’s in the corn.

Where’s The boy
Who looks after the sheep?
He’s under the haystack,
Fast asleep.

Will you wake him?
No, not I,
For if I do,
He’ll sure to cry

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Samantha Bellerose has a Bachelor of Education as well as a Diploma in Performing Arts. She is a mom to four children and is passionate about education and learning. Samantha created Nursery Rhyme Central as the go to place for parents, teachers and carers about all things to do with Nursery Rhymes. She is also the Main Author and creator for websites Dance Parent 101 and Move Dance Learn, where she shares her knowledge and expertise for dance and learning through movement.

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