The origin of “Cock a doodle doo” dates back to 1606 to an English murder pamphlet.

The first part of the rhyme was: To mock the cockerel’s crow.

The earliest version of the actual song was published in 1765 in Mother Goose’s Melody. It used to be a very popular nursery rhyme in the mid-nineteenth century England, part of James Orchard Halliwell’s English Nursery Rhymes Collection.

The word fiddle (fiddlestick) used in the song most probably refers to an old type of a violin.

“Cock a Doodle Doo” Lyrics

Modern Version

Cock a doodle do!
My dame has lost her shoe,
My master’s lost his fiddlestick,
And knows not what to do

“Cock a Doodle Doo”
Original Version

Cock a doodle do!
What is my dame to do?
Till master’s found his fiddlingstick,
She’ll dance without her shoe.

Cock a doodle do!
My dame has found her shoe,
And master’s found his fiddlingstick,
Sing cock a doodle do!

Cock a doodle do!
My dame will dance with you,
While master fiddles his fiddlingstick,
And knows not what to do

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