10 little soldier boys went out to dine,
One choked his little self, and then there were nine.
Nine little sailor boys sat up very late,
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little sailor boys travelling in Devon,
One said he'd stayed there, and then there were seven.
Seven little sailor boys chopping up sticks,
One chopped himself in halves, and then there were six.
Six little sailor boys playing with a hive,
A little bee stung one, and then there were five.
Five little sailor boys going in for law,
One got a chancery, and then there were four.
Four little sailor boys going out to sea,
A red herring swallowed one, and then there were three.
Three little sailor boys going to the zoo,
A big bear hugged one, and then there were two.
Two little sailor boys sitting in the sun,
One got frizzled up, and then there was one.
One little sailor boy left all alone,
He went and hung himself,
And then there were none.