Rub-a-dub-dub[1]

Rub-a-dub-dub is a popular 18th century British nursery rhyme.

Marvin White recited a line from this rhyme when he fashioned a boat out of a mushroom. The line he recited was: "Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub."[2]

Lyrics

There are several different versions of the nursery rhyme, therefore there are different lyrics. Which version Marvin quoted from is impossible to determine, although we can eliminate the Three Maids in a Tub version for sure.

Knaves All Three

  • Rub-a-dub-dub
  • Three men in a tub (or three fools in a tub)
  • And who do you think they be?
  • The butcher, the baker
  • The candlestick maker
  • Turn them out, knaves all three

Sailed Out to Sea

  • Rub-a-dub-dub
  • Three men in a tub
  • And who do you think they were?
  • The butcher, the baker
  • The candlestick maker
  • They all sailed out to the sea

Three Maids in a Tub

  • Hey! rub-a-dub, ho! rub-a-dub, three maids in a tub,
  • And who do you think were there?
  • The butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker,
  • And all of them gone to the fair

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