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Just For Fun: Did You Sing Nursery Rhymes To Your Kids?

Posted by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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11 Beloved Nursery Rhymes That Kids Should Never Hear

Posted by Ericka Sóuter

jack and jillOn a rainy Saturday afternoon, my son and I were running around town and I could tell he was becoming more annoyed by the minute. I decided to liven things up with a sing-along. Since it was raining, I started with, what else: "It's raining, it's pouring. The old man is snoring. He went to bed with a lump on his head and didn't --" But I abruptly stopped in the middle of that verse. Wait. What? I never really thought about it before, but this dude "didn't get up in the morning." Does that mean he died?

I quickly changed the lyric to something lame like, "He didn't want to go to work in the morning." To which my son piped, "That's not right." But I didn't want to sing about death and dying to a 4-year-old. It's just too weird. But when I really started to think about it, so many of our favorite childhood songs are totally terrifying. Take a look at the 11 creepiest nursery rhymes we sing to our kids.



Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I shall die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.


- I said this every night as a child. It's a wonder I didn't have nightmares about not waking up ever again.


Alouette

Alouette, gentille alouette,
Alouette, je te plumerai.
Je te plumerai la tête. Je te plumerai la tête.
Et la tête! Et la tête!
Alouette! Alouette!
A-a-a-ah.

The terrifying translation:

Lark, nice lark,
Lark, I will pluck you.
I will pluck your head. I will pluck your head.
And your head! And your head!
Lark! Lark!
O-o-o-oh.


Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Peter Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn't keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well!


- Yikes! He's basically holding her hostage.


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 thing in your life,
As three blind mice?


- I'm no fan of mice, but this is pretty violent.


Georgie Porgie

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

- Well, if you think about it, this will teach girls early on that guys can be jerks.


Jack and Jill

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.

- Hello! Jack broke his head. His head!


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,
Oh 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!


- Snapped off her nose? Who wrote this -- Alfred Hitchcock?


Rock-a-Bye-Baby

Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all.


- So, you can imagine what happens if a baby really falls out of a tree. Totally morbid!


Ring-a-Round a Rosie

Ring-a-round a rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down.


- This ditty is actually about the Plague.


London Bridge Is Falling Down

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.


- So if the bridge is crumbling into the water, doesn't that mean cars full of people are too?


Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.


- Jeez. Why did she beat her hungry children? Talk about Mommy Dearest.


What other nursery rhymes should be on this list?


 

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goddess99
by Michelle on Feb. 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Yeah nursery rhymes are gross lol. I just stuck with cute, funny stories for my dd. Our favorite was about a guinea pig's day out in a garden.

MistressMinerva
by Jennifer on Feb. 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Some of those.

delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

My mother sang them to me...
Row, row, row your boat

skippito
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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I know an old lady who swallowed a fly! I changed the words to now she cries.
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delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Have not heard that one before:)

Quoting skippito:

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly! I changed the words to now she cries.


delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Mary had a little lamb

delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Cat and the Fiddle

skippito
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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I know an old lady who swallowed a fly, i don't know why she swallowed a fly but now she'll die! And then a cat a bird a dog and a horse and she's dead of course! Crazy song!!



Quoting delanna6two:

Have not heard that one before:)

Quoting skippito:

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly! I changed the words to now she cries.



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Janet
by Ruby Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Yeah, I sang the cute ones to my kids.
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delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

lol

Quoting skippito:

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly, i don't know why she swallowed a fly but now she'll die! And then a cat a bird a dog and a horse and she's dead of course! Crazy song!!



Quoting delanna6two:

Have not heard that one before:)

Quoting skippito:

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly! I changed the words to now she cries.




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