Saturday, August 20, 2005

Nursery Rhymes

My sister and I grew up with fairy tales and nursery rhymes that my mom went as far as recording our voices on a casette tape. Some years ago, i read somewhere (ok, maybe someone just told me so don't go googling on it) that a lot of these rhymes were actually witches' chants?!! And other seemingly innocent verses actually have dark histories to them. maybe mother goose was a witch. to illustrate,

rock a bye-baby on the treetop
when the wind blows the cradle will rock
when the bough breaks cradle will fall
and down will come baby, cradle and all. (??!!??!!!)

wadahek?!? the supposedly soothing lullabye ends with the baby falling off the tree! could this have been a witch's chant to kill a baby? isn't that creepy, now go to sleep!

jack and jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water
jack fell down and broke his crown
and jill came tumbling after..tra-lalalalala

History has it though that this verse refers to the beheading of King Louis XVI and his Queen Marie Antoinette during the Reign of Terror.
Little boy blue come blow your horn...
ok, let's not even try to get into that, maybe it's just my dirty mind.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

Mary Tudor, 17th century queen of England, aka Bloody Mary. A staunch catholic who had lots of Protestants killed. During her time , there was an increase in the number of Protestant graveyards (how does your garden grow?). Silver bells and cocker shells weren't flowers but torture paraphernalia. Pretty maids? Guillotines all in a row.

So what's your favorite verse?

11 Comments:

Blogger chumsychums said...

~baa baa black sheep have you any wool..

at ang napakahalaga nating tanong na.."kaanu-anu nya yung little boy who lives down the lane?"

huy dok.nagteks nanay ko.tanga ka kasi.

2:04 PM  
Blogger benjamin625frederick said...

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4:17 PM  
Anonymous Patrice said...

hmmm..interesting. if I remember right, there was also something about Humpty dumpty having a political meaning.

8:56 PM  
Blogger goryo4u said...

kaya pala... duon sa barneys big surprise, kulubot yung kamay ni mother goose, matulis at baliko yung ilong 'tsaka kung wala siyang apron na suot mukha talagang mangkukulam.

hindi kaya siya ang dahilan kung bakit si barney lang ang purple na dinosaur?

anyway, i think i will keep this info away from my baby rica. for she said my mom-in-law looks like mother goose.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Sinukuan said...

yay.creepy naman...mahilig pa naman ako sa nursery rhymes.ung twinkle2 little star malamang wala namang hidden meaning noh...peborit ko ung kantahin sa kapatid ko eh.aww.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous mei said...

i heard this too... weird namang mga nursery rhymes yan. who knows what they do to kids' subconsscious minds when you keep reciting it to them?... kaya ka cguro takot sa mga oompa-loompas. :)

10:12 PM  
Anonymous abi said...

how about Little Miss Muffet who was scared by a spider? saka meron pa... yung ring-a-ring-a roses... ashes to ashes they all fall down... meron pa, nakalimutan ko... i-comment ko seyo pag naalala ko...

ako ata nagsabi... basta ikinuwento ko ito noon a long time ago... ewan ko na kung kanino... sooo creepy. nabasa ko somewhere.

4:23 PM  
Blogger duke said...

chumsychums, onga. one for the litol boy who lives down the lane? controversial yun no?

Benjaminfrederick, thanks for dropping bye. i dropped by your blog and hopped to your fellow bloggers' pages. funny, you left the same exact message. :)

Patrice, i don't know about humpty dumpty. but if you are referring to the political situation of the Philippines, i guess you're right there. it is in pieces. and i don't think all the king's horses nor all the king's men could put it back together again.

Goryo pare, oo bruha talga yan si mother goose. at si barney...no comment. warning lang, ilayo mo sila ke bebe ricaaaa!!! nyok lang.

Stellar, twinkol twikol litol star. di ko lam. mukhang walang meaning. sige, safe yan. siguru.

mei, exactly the same thoughts. it may be destroying a part of their subconscious and slowly turning them into oompa loompa monsterssss....

abi, ya, i think you're the one who gave me this ridiculous idea. and "ashes to ashes, they all fall down",i don't even wanna know what that really means.

2:56 AM  
Blogger Somnambulist Nocturnal said...

know what, i once heard in a talk show when I was in high school that even "London Bridge is falling down..." has some negative connotation.

i long wondered how come Jack and Jill was such a tragic song. and it's interesting that this relates to Louis 16 and Marie Antoinette's seriously tragic ending.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my hs english teacher told us that 'ring around the rosie' was about the black plague. the rosy ring patch was i guess one of the symptoms of the plague and 'ashes, ashes we all fall down' was when the bodies were cremated.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ that was me ...hazel e.

11:25 PM  

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