Polly, Put the Kettle On is a children's song has its origins in the late 18th century. The tune that the song is sung to came first with different lyrics, existing as early as 1770s. The tune was originally called Jenny's Bawbee, and involved a lady, sailors, money, petticoats, and gin. The more innocent poem/lyrics that are sung today were created a couple of decades later. Early published versions used the name Molly instead of Polly, however Charles Dickens referred to the rhyme in his book Barnaby Rudge in the 1840s and used the name Polly.  Polly was then used in later publications of the nursery rhyme/children's song.

Polly, put the kettle on
Polly, put the kettle on
Polly, put the kettle on
We'll all have tea

Sukey, take it off again
Sukey, take it off again
Sukey, take it off again
They've all gone away

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