After long time, I chanced on a nursery rhyme site. http://www.youtube.com/kidshut I decided to look for looking for my all time favourites “Old King Cole” and “Hole In The Bucket.”
I could not find either, However i did find London Bridge is falling down. A rhyme we played trapping the ship with. Two kids would hold hands like the bridge and others would pass beneath and we would sing the song, the kid who were was there when we ended the “my fair lady, ” would be the ship.
oh! Yes there was old MacDonnell which we all performed to. The clumsiest kid would old MacDonnell after all he just had to stand while the rest of us did animals. The last I saw it being performed was 15yrs ago by daughter where she led the choir.
This just brought back a few memories.
My mother was just back from England. I am talking about 1971, she was busy unpacking what caught my attention and my brother’s was the much battered, yet colourful hard bound book that read,”Mother goose.” It was a journey that we went through my brother and I.
The first poem was peas porridge hot peas porridge cold. There was who killed Jack Robbins, 10 little Injuns, little Jack Horner, Little Polly Cinders.
Nursery rhymes shapes your bones and nerves, and it shapes your mind. they are powerful, nursery rhymes, and immensely old and not toys, though they are for children.
But, if you think they make no sense, then you need to find a window and stick your head right in before you can see it, for sometimes sense hides behind walls.
The Nursery rhyme morality has gotten me into no end of trouble, simple because it is presented through such fine poetry that I was mersimerized in believing its valdidity. The rhymes dramatize the eternal conflict between aesthetics and ethics in a manner that every child can appreciate. There isn’t an adult walking around today that hasn’t been psychologically devastated by them.
Dark backstories lurk behind those childhood songs and fairy tales, not that it is surprising after all childhood itself is a fairly recent invention. Particularly in its current, loud, garish and obnoxious form. Coming back, the children’s songs and story often had very adult and even unsavoury roots.
When we look past the Disney-ed, sleeping beauty or Cinderella, one does wonder if they are based on real events. Sometimes they are though it might be difficult to pin it down.
Innocent sounding nursery rhymes are often contain scandals, and truth is quite complexs, look at ring-a-roses, or oranges and lemon sold for a penny. Even four and twenty black birds in a pie, none of them even bothered to protect the audience from angry imagery. Quite few them are ribald jokes and political satires, though some are about religious disputes.
Baa baa black sheep – talks of feudalism, and none for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Rub a Dub Dub in its original version is three maids in a tub—and who do think were there the butcher/the baker and the candlestick maker and all of them had gone to the fair. This talks of what the “gentry” did on the sly at a fair.
Ten Little Indians talks ten little Indian boys who disappear one after the other until there were none. And each in an violent form. This is believed to refer to the disappearing native Indians. It also implies that they were not too bright and caused their own destruction.
Goosey goosey Gander – the word Goose was a slang for the prostitute in 16th century England. One version has it that it reflects the illict romace between Oliver Crowell and the Queen. While the other says it is the persecution of the catholic priests by Henry the VIII when they refuse to say prayers in an Anglican church. The priests would hide in priests holes in sympathetic laymen to avoid being caught for if they were it was being thrown downstairs an euphemism for being killed. The goose maybe an insinuation that the catholic church was whorish.
Though Little Jack Horner was only taking out a plum from a pie, he does sound like he is upto no good. Little Jack here could be standing in for Thomas Horner was delivered a large pie to Henry VIII concealing deeds to a number of manors, a bribe from a catholic abbot hoping to save his monastery from the anti-catholic crusade of the King. As Thomas Homer ended up with one of the Manor’s it is believed that he helped himself to one of the deeds.
Finally Yankee Doodle that has become popular with the globized Indian citizen. This actually dates back to the revolutionary era. And Yankee Doodle is rather a silly figure. the London Dandy then favoured the Italian food, it was sung by british soldiers to imply to the American colonist that putting a feather in their hat- did not make them hip and stylist as the London socialites, and that they were still hicks. A
Not all of them were so dark, Mary had a little lamb is attributed to Sarah Josepha Hale but was inspired by a girl named Mary Sawyer who took her lamb to the school, when John roulstone a young man preparing for the seminary was visiting the school on the morning of the lamb’s presence.
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