Rubber Dolly Nursery Rhyme-Lyrics, Video, and Printable

“Rubber Dolly” is a traditional nursery rhyme often sung as a clapping, rope-skipping, or ball-throwing song. The song also goes by the name My Mummy Told Me and The Clap Song.

As with many nursery rhymes, it has an unclear origin. Due to the song’s fame, there are many variants, possibly because of the different geographical locations in which it’s enjoyed.

Lyrics for Rubber Dolly

There are several versions of the song but we found two.

Here is version 1:

My mother told me, if I was goody
Then she would buy me, a rubber dolly
But then I told her, I kissed a soldier,
Now she won’t buy me, a rubber dolly.

Version 2:

My Mother told me
If I was goody
That she would buy me
A rubber dolly
My Auntie told her
I’d kissed a soldier
Now she won’t buy me
A rubber dolly.

Version 3

My Momma done told me
When I was in pigtails that
I’d get a rubber dolly
But someone done told her
That I kissed a soldier
So I didn’t get my rubber dolly
Bum bolly.

Videos for Rubber Dolly



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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