“Eleven to Heaven”


"I will sing you 11." 11:gate of heaven, 10:Big Ben, 9:sunshine, 8:day-break, 7:key of heaven, 6:crucifix, 5:narrow eye, 4:narrow door, 3:eternity, 2:broad heresy, 1:upon the right eye, enter over t'other eye, who can sing and dance as well as me?


Roud lumps this with the great "Green Grow the Rushes-O" family -- but the similarity is only in format.

The references here are even less Biblical than is usual in songs like this, though the "narrow door" is doubtless suggested by the "narrow ('straight') gate" of Matt. 7:13, etc. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Peacock, p. 785, "Eleven to Heaven" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #133
  3. BI, Pea785


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)