Chorus Day – The Old Woman in a Basket

Recently I started listening to some of the songs I sang in the Women’s Voices Chorus in Spring 2008. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to them and now they’re stuck in my head.

Here’s a fun one we did: The Old Woman in a Basket. It’s based on this Mother Goose nursery rhyme:

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket
Seventy times as high as the moon;
Where she was going I could not but ask it,
For in her hand she carried a broom.

“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” said I,
“O whither, o whither, o whither so high?”
“To sweep up the cobwebs from the sky,
And I’ll be with you by and by!”

Source: The Little Mother Goose (1918)


This is the only performance of this song I could find on YouTube. Too bad!

Featured illustration of the old woman in the basket is from The Baldwin Project.

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