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Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence,
a pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,
the birds began to sing.
Now, wasn't that a dainty dish
to set before the king?

The king was in his counting house,
counting out his money.
The queen was in the parlour,
eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,
hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird
and pecked off her nose!

Sing A Song Of Sixpence - History, Origin or Meaning of Lyrics

This nursery rhyme has many theories. It is said that this was indeed a code used by the very famous pirate Blackbeard to secretly recruit new crew offering them with a wage of sixpence per day and a pocket (canteen) full of rye. Another origin was the widespread form of entertaining guests during feasts or banquets in the 16th century where cooks developed a unique way of baking pies that enables them to put surprises inside. Among the frequent ones were putting live birds like blackbirds and pigeons that fly out once the pie is cut open.

Some more nursery rhymes to enjoy

The Dirty Boy

Like every kind of naughty boy,
Annoying others was his joy;
He pulled old Billy's beard one day,
When Billy turned, he ran away.

When Billy butted him behind.
That coward, Peter, howled and whined,
He teased poor patient Neddy, too
Till Neddy though "I'll punish you!"

Up went his heels--a dreadful yell--
And up young Peter went as well!
He went to steal the blackbird's eggs,
Slipped down in fright, and scratched his legs.

In fact, he found out every day,
That teasing others did not pay!

Origins of Nursery Rhyme Lyrics and Words

Nursery Rhyme lyrics have many different origins and meanings. In most cases the meanings behind nursery rhyme lyrics cannot be verified. A few examples of some more well know nursery rhyme lyrics and their possible meanings are; ‘Baa, Baa, Black sheep’ was thought to originate from the medieval taxes, ‘Humpty Dumpty’ was thought to be a cannon used in the English civil war and ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ was thought to be related to the burial of children in foundations or Vikings burning wooden bridges. Whatever the meaning behind Nursery Rhyme Lyrics we have enjoyed them in our own childhood along with sharing them with our own children (and it is amazing after many years how quickly the Lyrics to nursery rhymes can still be remembered).


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 Nursery Rhymes

A nursery rhyme is a traditional song or poem taught to young children, originally in the nursery. Learning nursery rhymes lyrics assists in the development of vocabulary and in some cases basic counting skills. It also introduces children to enjoy music. Often actions, movement or dances are associated with these nursery rhymes and children songs.

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