Itsy bitsy spider

Happy Friday-eve, kiddies! I didn’t get to post last night – I got home late from coffee cluck – er – klatch so Wednesday’s post is on Thursday! Have fun and a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday. Oh and  BTW did you see I am going to participate in the A to Z Challenge in April! I can’t believe I am going to spend 26 days writing original nursery rhymes and illustrating them! I must be crazy! Love and feathers, Auntie Goose



Traditional version


by Scott Gustafson

by Fairville 1979



Birthday Cakes




The song can be found in publications including an alternate version in the book, Camp and Camino in Lower California (1910), where it was referred to as [the classic] “Spider Song”.It appears to be a more adult version of the song using “blooming, bloody” instead of itsy bitsy. It was later published in one of its several modern versions in Western Folklore, by the California Folklore Society (1948),Mike and Peggy Seeger’s, American Folk Songs for Children (1948), and The Growing Family: A Guide for Parents by Maxwell Slutz Stewart (1955). In 2013 Maziar Bahari’s company Off-Centre Productions created an animated version of the song featuring an animated mouse character called Journo.

Lyrics as described in 1910 as being from the ‘classic’ “Spider Song”:

Oh, the blooming, bloody spider went up the spider web,
The blooming, bloody rain came down and washed the spider out,
The blooming, bloody sun came out and dried up all the rain,
And the blooming, bloody spider came up the web again.

The song is sung by and for children in countless languages and cultures.



6 thoughts on “Itsy bitsy spider

  1. I really enjoyed reading the history of the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” rhyme – never knew its origins were more adult. Awesome digital art too; thanks so much for sharing!


  2. I really enjoyed this post about the Itsy Bitsy Spider, and I especially like the couch/vacuum version!
    Thanks for visiting and liking my blog.


  3. Your blog is super! It has made me smile. I love your creativity. The cartoons are so funny too. Wishing you a great Easter and look forward to reading more.


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