It's real simple, get it straight,
One times eight is simply eight,
Two times eight, sitting by a stream,
Two times eight is sweet sixteen.
Three little eights must barricade the door,
Three times eight are twenty-four
Four times eight are on the court
Doubles tennis is their sport
They're hot and tired, that is true
They'd love a drink - they are thirsty too! (32)
Five times eight is ten times four (5 x 8 is 10 x 4)
That one's really not a chore
Six and Eight went off to skate
When they came back they were forty-eight.
As time passed, their mother cried
Until at last she dried her eyes
Seven times eight are fifty-six
Would you like to know the tricks?
Turn it round the other way
"56 7 8" I prefer to say
I ate and ate 'til I was sick on the floor (8 x 8 =64)
I thought I couldn't eat any more
My mother said I never should. But then I did. It did no good...
I ate one lot more, just nine eights (which are seventy-two).
Seventy-two tastes horrid. I was sick on her shoe
Ten times eight is plain to see
As ten groups of eight are just eighty
Eleven times eight is eighty eight
That's eight groups of ten plus one more group of eight
At twelve times eight do not lose hope;
Imagine yourself a bridge of rope.
Across that bridge twelve tired eights tramp
The bridge is wobbly, yet on they stamp
Go gently on those rotten sticks!
12 x 8 is ninety-six
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