There Was a Man and He Was Mad


(American folk song)

1. There was a man and he was mad and he jumped in-to the pud-ding bag.

2. The pudding bag it was so fine that he jumped into a bottle of wine.

3. The bottle of wine it was so clear that he jumped into a bottle of beer.

4. The bottle of beer it was so thick that he jumped into a walking stick.

5. The walking stick it was so narrow that he jumped into a wheel barrow.

6. The wheel barrow it did so crack that he jumped onto a horse’s back.

7. The horse’s back it did so bend that he jumped into a taching end.

8. The taching end it was so rotten that he jumped into a bag of cotton.

9. The bag of cotton it set on fire and blew him up to Jeremiah.

(spoken) Poof! Poof! Poof!

For the elementary audience, skip verses 2 and 3 and make verse 4 say:

  • “The pudding bag, it was so thick…”
  • Or, make up your own verses!


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song
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