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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Rhyme

Posted November 14, 2011 to photo album "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Rhyme"

The nursery rhyme that is used in the title of the spy thriller TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY has its own backstory and mystery.

The Mystery of “Tinker, Tailor…”
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Pawn
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Singer
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Wife
AA Milne Picks up the Rhyme
Modern Tinkers and Tailors
AA Milne Picks up the Rhyme

AA Milne Picks up the Rhyme

 A. A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, played with the rhyme in one his famous books of children’s verse, Now We Are Six. Illustrated by E. H. Shepard, Milne’s poem “Cherry Stones” has fun with the famous nursery rhyme, and its infinite set of questions. The title itself refers to the use of the rhyme as a counting song with cherry stones being one of the most common things counted out.

Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief,
Or Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief.
Or what about a cowboy, policeman, jailer, engine driver, or a pirate chief?
Or what about a ploughman or a keeper at the zoo,
Or what about a circus man who lets the people through?
Or the man who takes the pennies on the roundabouts and swings,
Or the man who plays the organ or the other man who sings?
Or What about the rabbit man with rabbits in his pockets
And what about a rocket man who's always making rockets?
Oh it's such a lot of things there are and such a lot to be
That there's always lots of cherries on my little cherry tree.