# It's Raining, It's Pouring
19th century England
It's raining, it's pouring,
The old man is snoring,
He bumped his head and went to bed,
And couldn't get up in the morning.
# History and Meaning
This was first published in the US in 1912, though the use of the phrase "it's pouring" leads us to believe it came from England some time before, perhaps in the 19th century.
# What happened to the old man?
We don't have a clear explanation of what happened to the unfortunate old man. It is possible he had slipped in the wet weather and hit his head quite hard. He could have been running to get out of heavy rainfall and lost balance, or slid on a flat surface slick with water. Afterwards, thinking he could just sleep it off he went to bed. The last line makes us think that the man had underestimated how bad the injury was - perhaps he suffered a concussion which led to serious physical impairment or even death.