34. Old King Cole

One Misty Moisty Morning

Lyrics: Old King Cole

Old King Cole
Was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three!
And every fiddler, he had a fine fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he.
“Twee tweedle dee, tweedle dee,” went the fiddlers.
Oh, there’s none so rare
As can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

Song

There is much speculation as to who King Cole was; but it has been suggested it could be a reference to the “Prince that Built Colchester” and a 12th-century cloth merchant named Cole-brook and Sir Walter Scott