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do you know what the song ring around the rosie is about?

the song originated during the plagues. ring around the rosie described the look of the rash, pocket full of posies was something they actually used for the smell of the disease, and ashes ashes originally was ashes to ashes we all fall down.....meaning death.

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Asked by cassie_m at 11:57 PM on Apr. 21, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • yes but the kids don't understand..

    Answer by maiahlynn at 11:59 PM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • you're right......kinda freaky if you really think about it!

    Answer by Callie140 at 12:03 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • ashes, ashes was also refering to the burning of the bodies and clothing/bedding ect..., an action that helped eliminate the plague


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:10 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • yeah, what about rock-a-bye baby. that's another one that drops the baby! LOL!

    Answer by Vero0724 at 12:24 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • I am sooo changing this song,,,ring around the collar, maid gets paid by the hour,,,saches,,saches we all get cleaned..yes I have heard of this song before,,,its just creepy the historical version,,

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:36 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • Vero0724- Rock-a-bye baby, was wrote after someone observed the Native American women hanging their babies in a cradle like swing while they worked outside. When the wind would blow, it would rock the babies.


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • Actually you are thinking of a different sond that is similar. Ring around the Rosie was a copy cat version made up during the holocaust . The kids sang in while dancing in circles in the ashes coming down from the kelms that they used to burn peoples bodies, or some times alive. Of course the kids had no idea, but that is the history of ring around the Rosie.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 3:15 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • Ring around the Rosie: people with the plague often had a bright rose-colored rash that people would see and make a large ring around them. A pocket full of posies: people without the plague always carried around lots of posies. They believed posies would protect them from getting ill. Ashes, Ashes: When people died, sometimes they would be burnt to ashes. Then those ashes would be put in a jar and buried. In this way, there was enough room in the graveyards for everyone. We all fall down: ‘falling down’ meant dying and many people did die

    Answer by Apple_Pie2010 at 3:43 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • Most child songs are about real events.. Scary events.. Like London Bridge.. thats real too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:30 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • I learned about that in school Apple Pie is right except for the burning part. The people werent sometimes burnt for conserving space, they would burn the bodies of the dead people affected by the plague because they believed it was the only way to keep it from spreading.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:35 AM on Apr. 22, 2010

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