Where Does The Famous Knocking Rhythm Come From?

26 July 2017, 16:27

Front Door

This lady often hears knocking around her house in a very specific knocking rhythm. James thought it might be a secret code from next door, but the answer is slightly more interesting!

Question

Where does the knocking rhythm 'knock knock, kn-knock knock, knock knock' come from?

Anne, Elton

Answer

It comes from the tune of 'shave and a haircut, two bits' which was what people sang when they went door to door, offering haircuts.

Christian in Norwich

Qualification - heard this on the radio a few months ago.

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