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Answered 2010-07-22 11:40:17

'It's raining, it's pouring

The old man is snoring

He went to bed and he bumped his head

And couldn't get up in the morning'

The rhyme is believed to have originated from Ireland during the commonwealth period (1649-1660) and the dictatorial conditions in the country at that time.

The poor weather conditions in line one reflect the genocide committed against Irish Catholics whilst the last three lines are most likely a wish that Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, will die in his sleep.

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