How many miles to Babylon

“How many miles to Babylon?” is a traditional nursery rhyme and folksong original from Great Britain.

The rhyme was first recorded in 1801 and in the beginning it was a singing game but it lost this purpose in the 20th century.

The place Babylon was changed in the rhyme with other different destinations, like London town, Barberry or Berry Bright.

“How many miles to Babylon” Lyrics

How many miles to Babylon?
Three score miles and ten.
Can I get there by candle-light?
Yes, and back again.
If your heels are nimble and light,
You may get there by candle-light.
The Scottish version of the song longer with the following lyrics:
King and Queen of Cantelon,
How many miles to Babylon?
Eight and eight, and other eight.
Will I get there by candle-light?
If your horse be good and your spurs be bright.
How mony men have ye?
Mae nor ye daur come and see.

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