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Magpie Song


Singing a nursery rhyme is a great way to bond with your little one and support their language development.

Have a go at following the lyrics and watch the video below.

The oldest known version of the Magpie Song (otherwise known as One for Sorrow, Two for Joy) dates back to the late 18th century, and has been changed over the times.

Magpie Song lyrics (One for Sorrow, Two for Joy)

One for sorrow,

Two for joy,

Three for a girl,

Four for a boy,

Five for silver,

Six for gold,

Seven for a secret,

Never to be told.

Magpie, magpie, why do you sigh?

I sit so alone as the world goes by.

Eight for a wish,

Nine for a kiss,

Ten for a bird,

You must not miss.

Watch the video

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