Pop Goes the Weasel

There’s a pub I go to, 2 doors down from where I work. It’s called The Eagle and it’s in Shoreditch. I spend most of my money there. I was quite pleased today to find out that the old nursery rhyme, Pop Goes the Weasel, references this pub (along with the City Road, which leads to it). Strange what you find out in the pub isn’t it?

A couple of years ago I found out the street where I used to work (Laystall Street in Clerkenwell) – was so-called because people used to go there to take a crap i.e “lay stools”. And Peter Ackroyd said that in a book, so it must be true. I love that about London.

You can read more about that here.

Anyway, here’s the nursery rhyme:

Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.

Up and down the City road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.

Every night when I go out
the monkey’s on the table.
Take a stick and knock it off
Pop goes the weasel.

A penny for a ball of thread
Another for a needle,
That’s the way the money goes,
pop goes the weasel.

All around the cobblers bench
the monkey chased the people;
The donkey thought ’twas all in fun,
pop goes the weasel.


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