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The earliest extant record is a version noted in Anne Gilchrist's Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (1937), learnt from her Welsh nurse in the 1870s under the title "Jack Jintle" with the lyrics: My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but one, And I can play nick-nack upon my own thumb.
With my nick-nack and click-clack and sing a fine song, And all the fine ladies come dancing along.
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My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but two, And I can play nick-nack upon my own shoe.
My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but three, And I can play nick-nack upon my own knee.- Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period.- You can manage your subscription and switch off auto-renewal at any time by accessing your i Tunes Account Settings after purchase.It received a boost in popularity when it was adapted for the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) by composer Malcolm Arnold as "The Children's Marching Song", which led to hit singles for Cyril Stapleton and Mitch Miller.The children's show Barney & Friends used the song "I Love You" as its closing song and was sung to the tune of "This Old Man." Lyrics: I love you. We're a happy family, With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, Won't you say you love me too?Nicholas Monsarrat, (born in 1910), in his autobiography 'Life is a Four Letter Word,' refers to the song as being 'a Liverpool song' adding that it was 'local and original' during his childhood in Liverpool.