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They say ignorance is bliss. After reading this fact I agreed with the quote. Our favourite playtime jingle are tales of woe, despair and full of death. While we were finding out is Santa real or do fairies exist, there was something really hiding from us is the real meaning of our nursery rhymes.

In olden days people were not always allowed to express themselves freely. Hence gossiping, criticizing the government or even talking about current events were often punishable by death. Under the guise of children’s entertainment, many rhymes were encoded with secret messages to communicate at will.

We have enjoyed these rhymes so much since childhood that we hardly notice the darkness and absurdity. Some of them do not reference historical events at all, but instead seem to convey warnings or common sense wisdom.

  1. Ring a Ring o’ Roses

    Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
    A pocket full of posies,
    A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
    We all fall down.

    Throughout the ages it’s gone by many similar titles, but even if the one you know is slightly different, the origins and meanings are surely the same. This seemingly floral song is actually about the bubonic plague, The Great Plague of London in 1665. The symptoms of bubonic plague included a rosy red ring-shaped rash, which inspired the first line. It was believed that the disease was carried by bad smells, so people frequently carried pockets full of fresh herbs, or “posies.” The “ashes, ashes” line is believed to refer to the cremation of the bodies of those who died from the plague.

  2. Humpty Dumpty


    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

    Ever thought why in this rhyme an egg is portrayed as human? But it was neither of these. Actually it refers to the huge cannon mounted atop a high wall-like church tower. During the English Civil War The tower was hit by enemy cannon fire and Humpty suffered a great fall.It was severely damaged in the fall and, as the rhyme says, “all the king’s horses, and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

  3. London Bridge is Falling Down

    London Bridge is falling down,
    falling Down, falling down.
    London Bridge is falling down,
    my fair lady.

    Set a man to watch all night,
    Watch all night, watch all night,
    Set a man to watch all night,
    My fair lady.

    Suppose the man should fall asleep,
    Fall asleep, fall asleep,
    Suppose the man should fall asleep?
    My fair lady.

    London Bridge Is Falling Down is a well-known rhyme and is found in various versions all over the world. One theory of origin is supposed destruction of London Bridge by Olaf II of Norway. Another refers to burying children alive in the foundations of the bridge – too awful right? In short, London Bridge refer to the sacrifice of a child within the bridge to serve as an “eternal watchman.” But no archaeological evidence for any human remains in the foundations of London Bridge. Fair lady refers to a member of the Leigh family, Warwickshire, who have a family story that a human sacrifice lies under the building.

  4. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

    Baa, baa, black sheep,
    Have you any wool?
    Yes sir, yes sir,
    Three bags full.

    One for my master,
    One for my dame,
    And one for the little boy
    Who lives down the lane.

    The rhyme dates back to 18th century and is not as bad as other horrific tales but still has origin which most likely refers to wool industry. King Edward I surveyed his kingdom and found that number of sheeps were far more than people living and then he realized that he could make some decent cash by taxing the sheep farmers. The three bags of wool represented the three taxes shepherd has to pay. One for the master – tax to King Edward I. One for the Dame –tax to the Church, And one for the little boy – The little boy represents the farmer. At last nothing left for shepherd.

  5. 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?

    The farmer’s wife in this rhyme is Mary I, the Catholic Queen, Catherine, who ruled England from 1553 to 1558. She ordered the torture and execution of many Protestants during her reign. Three blind mice refer to three Protestant noblemen charged of secretly planning to kill Queen Mary, and no, they were not blind. As punishment, these three men suffered a horrible death—they were burned alive! Not quite the kind of thing that comes to mind when you think of children’s nursery rhymes, is it?