Needles and Pins (nursery rhyme)

Needles and Pins (nursery rhyme)
"Needles and Pins"
Roud #20071
Written by Traditional
Published 1843
Written England
Language English
Form Nursery rhyme/proverb

"Needles and Pins" is an English language proverb and nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 20071.


Common modern versions include:

Needles and pins,
Needles and pins,
When a Man marries,
His Trouble begins.


The rhyme dealing with potential marital difficulties was first collected by James Orchard Halliwell and published in 1843 and since then has appeared largely unchanged in many collections of nursery rhymes.[1]


  1. ^ J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps, The Nursery Rhymes of England: Obtained Principally from Oral Tradition (London, 2nd edn., 1843), p. 122.

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