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What Was You Singing As A Child...?

Singing about the plague, an egg who wasn't really an egg, and butchery... The things we didn't quite realise when we were children...

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Maybe it's just me, but when you read into the lyrics of some popular nursery rhymes... Things don't quite seem the way they should...

Ring a ring o' Roses.

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When you was 3 years old, maybe a bit older, did you actually know that you were singing about the death of thousands of people due to the bubonic plague?

I didn't think so...

We all fall down...

Think about it...

Three Blind Mice


Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?

Ever thought about the ridicule towards blind people this makes? "See how they run"? Of course, they running with no direction as they cannot!

But to top that off, we used to then sing about the tails of the mice being cut off! What a delightful picture for a toddler!

Was he an egg? Was he a man?

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Where, oh where, in the nursery rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty' does it state that the title character is an egg? I can't see it? Can you?

Apparently, Humpty Dumpty was a drink of brandy boiled with ale in the 17th Century... So we're actually singing about a drunk guy!

Are we singing about sex abuse?!


I'm sorry, but when you think about it, Georgie Porgie sounds like a right bad guy.

He kissed the girls and made them cry, i.e. he kissed them without permission... AKA toddler talk of rape?!

Experts say it's to do with a sex scandal involving King Charles I, but hey. It doesn't sound right whatever way you look at it!

Even perversion?!

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Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Up stairs and down stairs in his night-gown,
Tapping at the window, crying at the lock,
Are the children in their bed, for it's past ten o'clock?

Take this as you will... But for a guy who's called 'Wee Willie Winkie', which could be a massive (or maybe not quite as massive) euphemism, to be checking on whether children are asleep in bed, is pretty creepy if you ask me.

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