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Original Version

Here is a version of the original song published in 1825 in Mother Goose’s Quarto (Melodies Complete):

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.

In the later printed versions of the song three maids were replaced with three men.

“Rub-a-dub-dub” Modern Lyrics

Below are the modern lyrics of song as known today.

(1)
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 sea,
‘Twas enough to make a man stare.

(2)
Rub-a-dub-dub,
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick-maker,
All put out to sea.

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