When I Was One is also known as “The Pirate Song” and “Over The Deep Blue Sea” “The Day I Went To Sea” and “Going Over The Sea. This “Sea Shanty” song has many versions and melodies. It is a classic counting song and each number has an action rhyming phrase to accompany it. As with all traditional songs, there are many versions of rhyming action words and phrases.
For example: When I was one I ate a bun
I sucked my thumb
I had just begun
I hurt my thumb
I played the drum
I had some fun
Children love to make up their own rhyming phrases and this encourages their imagination and creativity.