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Once I Caught a Fish Alive

[ Roud 13530 ; trad.]

Tim Hart, Maddy Prior and Melanie Harrold sang Once I Caught a Fish Alive to the tune The Snowdrop Polka by Charles Louis Napoleon d'Albert (b. 1809) in 1981 on Tim Hart and Friends' album My Very Favourite Nursery Rhyme Record. This track was later included on their compilation CD Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Other Children's Songs.


One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let him go again.

Why did you let him go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on the right.