London Bridge is Falling Down

Languages: English, French
Ressource Type: song, nursery rhyme
Themes: materials, London
Age-range: infant-preschool, 5 – 8 years

 

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London Bridge is Falling Down Lyrics

London Bridge is Falling Down” is a traditional English nursery rhyme also knows as “My Fair Lady” or “London Bridge”. This song for kids deals with the depredations of London Bridge and attempts to repair it. It may date the Late Middle Ages, but the lyrics were first printed in the mid-eighteenth century. This song is very popular in Britain and in the United States and has been referenced in a variety of works of literature and popular culture.

 

London Bridge is Falling Down, children's favorite activity songs illustrated by Allen Austin

London Bridge is Falling Down with Sing-Along Version

London Bridge is Falling Down by Julie Ellis

 

English version:

London Bridge is Falling Down

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.

Build it up with sticks and stones,
Sticks and stones, sticks and stones,
Build it up with sticks and stones,
My fair lady.

Sticks and stones will all fall down,
All fall down, all fall down,
Sticks and stones will all fall down,
My fair lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay, wood and clay,
Build it up with wood and clay,
My fair lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,
Wash away, wash away,
Wood and clay will wash away,
My fair lady.

Build it up with bricks and mortar,
Bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar,
Build it up with bricks and mortar,
My fair lady.

Bricks and mortar will not stay,
Will not stay, will not stay,
Bricks and mortar will not stay,
My fair lady.

Build it up with iron and steel,
Iron and steel, iron and steel,
Build it up with iron and steel,
My fair lady.

Iron and steel will bend and bow,
Bend and bow, bend and bow,
Iron and steel will bend and bow,
My fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold,
Silver and gold, silver and gold,
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady.

Silver and gold will be stolen away,
Stolen away, stolen away,
Silver and gold will be stolen away,
My fair lady.

Set a man to watch all night,
Watch all night, watch all night,
Set a man to watch all night,
My fair lady.

Suppose the man should fall asleep,
Fall asleep, fall asleep,
Suppose the man should fall asleep ?
My fair lady.

Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
Smoke all night, smoke all night,
Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
My fair lady.

French Translation:

Le pont de Londres s’effondre

Le pont de Londres s’effondre,
S’effondre, s’effondre.
Le pont de Londres s’effondre,
Ma belle dame.

Construisez-le avec des bâtons et des pierres,
Bâtons et pierres, bâtons et pierres,
Construisez-le avec des bâtons et des pierres,
Ma belle dame.

Les bâtons et les pierres tomberont,
Tomberont, tomberont,
Les bâtons et les pierres tomberont,
Ma belle dame.

Construisez-le avec du bois et de l’argile,
Bois et argile, bois et argile,
Construisez-le avec du bois et de l’argile,
Ma belle dame.

Le bois et l’argile disparaîtront,
Disparaîtront, disparaîtront,
Le bois et l’argile disparaîtront,
Ma belle dame.

Construisez-le avec des briques et du mortier,
Briques et mortier, briques et mortier,
Construisez-le avec des briques et du mortier,
Ma belle dame.

Les briques et le mortier ne resteront pas,
Ne resteront pas, ne resteront pas,
Les briques et le mortier ne resteront pas,
Ma belle dame.

Construisez-le avec du fer et de l’acier,
Fer et acier, fer et acier,
Construisez-le avec du fer et de l’acier,
Ma belle dame.

Le fer et l’acier se plieront et courberont,
Plieront et courberont, plieront et courberont,
Le fer et l’acier se plieront et courberont,
Ma belle dame.

Construisez-le avec de l’argent et de l’or,
Argent et or, argent et or,
Construisez-le avec de l’argent et de l’or,
Ma belle dame.

L’argent et l’or seront volés,
Seront volés, seront volés,
L’argent et l’or seront volés,
Ma belle dame.

Mettez un homme pour le surveiller toute la nuit,
Surveiller toute la nuit, surveiller toute la nuit,
Mettez un homme pour le surveiller toute la nuit,
Ma belle dame.

Supposons que l’homme s’endorme,
S’endorme, s’endorme,
Supposons que l’homme s’endorme ?
Ma belle dame.

Donnez-lui une pipe à fumer toute la nuit,
Fumer toute la nuit, fumer toute la nuit
Donnez-lui une pipe à fumer toute la nuit,
Ma belle dame.

 

Vocabulary:

  • materials : sticks, stones, wood, clay, steel, iron, bricks, mortar, gold, silver
  • verbs : is falling down, will fall down, will wash away, will not stay, will bend and bow, will be stolen away, to watch, should fall asleep, to smoke, to give

Grammar:

  • using WILL in the future tense

 

 

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