Michael Finnegan is a nursery rhyme about an old man with whiskers on his chin. It was first sung by The Wiggles in Ready, Steady, Wiggle!, before appearing on Apples & Bananas. It was also shown as a sneak peek in the bonus features on the Go Santa Go! DVD and a song on Hot Potatoes! The Best of The Wiggles.

The song's melody is also very similar to The Wheels on the Bus.

The name Finnegan is an Irish surname and Anthony as Michael Finnegan Irish dances to this song.


There was an old man
Named Michael Finnegan
He had whiskers
On his chin-ne-gan
Along came the wind
And blew them in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again

Song Credits

Apples & Bananas

Trad. Arr. Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy, Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie,Simon Pryce, George Tseros, Emma Watkins (Wiggly Tunes Pty Ltd)

The Wiggles Meet The Orchestra!

Trad. Arr. Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins (Wiggly Tunes Pty Ltd)

Dance Dance!

Vocals: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
Bass Guitar: Alex Keller
Banjo: Anthony Field, Alex Keller
Piano: Lachlan Gillespie
Trumpet: Ray Cassar
Percussion: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie


Trad. Arr. Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie (Wiggly Tunes Pty Ltd)
Vocals: Lachlan Gillespie
Piano: Lachlan Gillespie


  • The music video was filmed in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • The song was uploaded on The Wiggles' YouTube channel on March 4th 2014 and later on April 26th 2017.
  • The 2014 version plays in D, E-flat, E, F, and F-sharp but when the song was first sung in the Apples & Bananas Tour, it plays in C, D-flat, D, E-flat, and E.
  • On Dance Dance!, the song is titled as "Poor Old Michael Finnegan" while on Wiggle Around Australia, it is titled as "There Was an Old Man Called Michael Finnegan."


Video Performances

Album Appearances

Episode Appearances




The Wiggles- Michael Finnegan (Official Video)