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

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?


 

by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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Cafe MichelleP
by Head Admin on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM
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I used to recite that one to my kids all the time too...hahah

I also used to say this one:

This is the house that Jack built.

This is the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cock that crowed in the morn,
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the farmer sowing his corn,
That kept the cock that crowed in the morn,
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.


Quoting skippito:

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



CluelessMomma88
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM

I've tried to steer clear of the "popular" nursery rhymes, only because they weird me out a little lol.  With my little guy, I always sing "Baby's Fishing."  I have no idea where it came from but my mom used to sing it to me when I was little.

Baby's fishing for a dream
Fishing, near and far
Your line's a silver moon-beam
Your bait's a silver star
Sail, Baby, Sail
Off across the sea
Only don't forget to sail
Back again to me
 

mommy2zbg
by Member on Feb. 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

my son loves the Barney song "I love You, You love me"

and we sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star every night before bed.

He also loves 'Jesus Loves the Little Children'   we sing that everynight too

breebree04
by on Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I would sing you are my sunshine and hush little baby when I was holding or rocking them and we would play/sing patty cake

Liyahsmommy2006
by on Feb. 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM
I will never sing rock a bye baby I looked up the meaning to it. And the person who wrote it was sick in the damn head.
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splatz
by Sarah on Feb. 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Most nursery rhymes sort of freak me out lol. 

SlapItHigh
by on Feb. 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Too funny!

momstermom85
by on Feb. 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

some of those

auntangelofsix
by Angel on Feb. 27, 2013 at 8:44 PM
Nope
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thatgirl70
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Only one I really sang (out of the list above) was Rock-a-bye baby, but I changed the lyrics to relate to my boy and made it happier, no falling babies, LOL.

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