Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon!
Fantasy Nursery Rhyme! Origins and history
The first known date of publication for the lyrics of this nursery rhyme is 1765.
Completely nonsensical rhyme whose sole aim is to fire the imagination of a child with impossible actions which are,
however, very easy and amusing for a child to envision! Walt Disney uses
this type of imagery in animated films to great effect! The term 'Hey diddle diddle' was a colloquialism used in much the same vein as
"hey nonny no" which can be found in traditional British folk songs. The original title was known as 'High Diddle Diddle' but has been changed to
'Hey Diddle Diddle' during the course of time.