It’s Raining, It’s Pouring is a much-loved children’s rhyme that has been handed down through the generations. Not much is known about its origins, but it’s believed to have come from England, not least because of the reference to the rainy weather!
It first appeared in print in The Little Mother Goose in the US in 1912, but the first recording wasn’t until 1939 when Herbert Halpert completed one. The melody shares strong similarities with the nursery rhyme A Tisket, A Tasket, and What Are Little Boys Made Of and is easy to remember and recite at any age.
There are suggestions that the lyrics might refer to what happens with a serious head injury, intimating that the victim lost both his consciousness and then his life when it says he couldn’t get up in the morning. However, there are alternate opinions on this, with other people believing that the man was drunk when he went to bed and fell into a stupor instead.
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring Lyrics
It’s raining; it’s pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He bumped his head on the top of the bed,
And couldn’t get up in the morning.