What Did Jack Burn When He Jumped Over the Candlestick?

In the nursery rhyme “Jack Be Nimble,” Jack burns his toe when jumping over the candlestick. However, this is only in some versions of the rhyme.

The most common version of the nursery rhyme simply says: “Jack be nimble / Jack be quick / Jack jump over / The candlestick.” However, other versions add: “Jack jumped high / Jack jumped low / Jack jumped over and burned his toe.”

Since the rhyme was created around 1815, several variations and additions have been recorded. For example, it was famously used in popular music by Don McLean in 1971 in his song “American Pie.”