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I'm the king of the castle

Posted by Joe on March 18, 2009 at 15:04

In Reply to: I'm the king of the castle posted by Anthony Sibbons on March 18, 2009 at 09:49:

: Origin of "I'm the king of the castle, and you're the dirty rascal", pls?

English boys (childrens) game, at least back to 1850's. "King of the Hill" etc.

Games and sports for young boysý - Page 4
by Games - 1859 - 80 pages

KING OF THE CASTLE. One player gets on the top of a little hillock or mound of dirt, etc.
... couplet : - " I'm the King of the Castle, Get down you dirty rascal

Also known as "King O' The castle", Scotland, your version is called London version by some,
in North America by 1870's.