This old man, he played one,
he played knick-knack on my thumb
with a knick-knack paddy-whack
give a dog a bone,
this old man came rolling home.
We sang this at work yesterday,
up to the number ten.
G. said that this rhyme creeped her out
when she was a child, made her scream.
Said she didn't want any old man
playing knick-knack on any part of her.
Max said, "What's with the old man rolling home?"
I couldn't find any definitive origin
of this nursery rhyme. We used to sing
it holding two spoons together back-to-back,
plunked against the thigh.