Ten Little Injuns

1Ten little Injuns standin' in a line,
2One toddled home and then there were nine;
3Nine little Injuns swingin' on a gate,
4One tumbled off and then there were eight.
5            One little, two little, three little,
6                 four little, five little Injun boys;
7            Six little, seven little, eight little,
8                 nine little, ten little Injun boys.
9Eight little Injuns gayest under heav'n.
10One went to sleep and then there were seven;
11Seven little Injuns cuttin' up their tricks,
12One broke his neck and then there were six.
13Six little Injuns kickin' all alive,
14One kicked the bucket and then there were five;
15Five little Injuns on a cellar door,
16One tumbled in and then there were four.
17Four little Injuns up on a spree,
18One got fuddled and then there were three;
19Three little Injuns out on a canoe,
20One tumbled overboard and then there were two.
21Two little Injuns foolin' with a gun,
22One shot t'other and then there was one;
23One little Injun livin' all alone,
24He got married and then there were none.
25This little Injun, with his little wife,
26Lived in a wigwam the balance of his life;
27One daddy Injun and a mommy Squaw
28Brought up a family of Ten Injuns more.
29            One little, two little, three little,
30                 four little, five little Injun more;
31            Six little, seven little, eight little,
32                 nine little, ten little Injun more.
Publication Start Year: 
1968
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
RPO Edition: 
2009
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