Flashback Friday: oranges and lemons

Chantal Oranges Lemons


Here you can just see Chantal peeping out from behind her big sister Clare (in the middle) during a game of Oranges and Lemons in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Her little sister Ros has her back to the camera.

Do you remember the song for Oranges and Lemons?

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.
You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.
When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.
When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.
When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.
I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow.
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head.
Chip chop, chip chop
The last man’s dead!


Oranges and Lemons started life as a folk song that was first recorded in I in 1744 before a variation became the popular children’s game we know. Today the tune is rung by the church bells of St Clement Danes on The Strand, though there is also a St Clement’s church on Eastcheap in London.

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