9 Classic Nursery Rhymes With Chilling Hidden Meanings

9 Classic Nursery Rhymes With Chilling Hidden Meanings

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Do you know all of those "lovely" children's nursery rhymes children grew up chanting loud and proud? Well apparently, many of them are actually rooted in seriously creepy real-world truths.

Here's a list revealing the ridiculously morbid backstories behind nine well-known children's rhymes.

1. Humpty Dumpty

He sat on a wall. He had a great fall. When recalling these ubiquitous lines, many of our minds conjure up images of some sort of jovial egg-man, taking a tumble off a tall brick wall.

However, Humpty Dumpty is actually about an English Civil War canon that plummeted to the ground, killing countless soldiers in its wake.

Death. Destruction. We’re sure starting this list off strong.

2. Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill? More like French Revolutionary figures King Louie XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette.

The young children in this classic rhyme are meant to represent the famed 18th century monarchs.

Don’t believe us? Well, remember how Jack “lost his crown?” Yeah… that’s because it got guillotined off with his pretty little head.

Then Marie’s came “tumbling after,” and we’ve all had our youngest offspring unknowingly chanting about their demise ever since.

Lovely, isn’t it?

3. Blow the Man Down

Were you thinking this little verse was about a strong gust of wind knocking some unassuming lad flat on his tushie? Spoiler alert: it’s not.

The phrase “blow the man down” is in fact slang for “knock the man down,” making this song either about a raging sailor brawl or about a crew brutally punishing its most reckless seaman.

4. Jimmy Crack Corn

Oh good. A nursery rhyme we can trace back to American slavery

Jimmy Crack Corn is about a slave owner who dies after being thrown from his spooked horse. Then, his slave celebrates the master’s death by indulging in some yummy corn liquor.

5. London Bridge Is Falling Down

Did you think this one was about a terrible London Bridge collapse? Oh, don’t you worry…

It’s about something way worse.

London Bridge Is Falling Down is about child sacrifice.

According to ancient European myth, if a child is sacrificed and buried underneath a structure, that structure (aka the London Bridge) would remain stable. Legend has it, people used to “protect the bridge” by…yeah.

6. Baa Baa Black Sheep

Up until its lyrics were amended, Baa Baa Black Sheep made reference to grueling 13th century tax distribution practices.

The lyric “and one for the little boy who lives down the lane” used to be “and none for the little boy who cries down the lane.”

That little boy was a shepherd who, back in the 13th century, never got a share of his community’s tax money.

I mean…at least its not about animal cruelty?

7. She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes

This one’s about so much more than some jolly woman bringing good news to town.

Its melody is also a rendition of an old spiritual about Jesus’s second coming during the apocalypse.

Because apparently nothing can just be happy anymore.

8. Three Blind Mice

The three blind mice in Three Blind Mice represent three noblemen who plotted revenge against Queen Mary I of England.

Yes, Bloody Mary. The one who killed all those Protestants.

Whelp, now that farmer’s wife cutting “off their tails with a carving knife” feels like it means something way different than you ever wanted it to.

Thanks, reality.

9. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Remember Peter? The one who couldn’t keep his wife, so he put her in a pumpkin shell?!

Yeah…she cheated on him, so he killed her, and threw her remains in a pumpkin.

Alright.

Happy bedtime, kiddos!

source: twentytwowords.com

Which nursery rhyme do these lines belong to? Match the lines and the nursery rhymes.

1. Humpty Dumpty

a. I’ll sing you a song, a good song of the sea

2. Jack and Jill

b. and I don’t care My master’s gone away

3. Blow the Man Down

c. Had a wife and couldn’t keep her

4. Jimmy Crack Corn

d. Oh, we'll all go out to meet her

When she comes

5. London Bridge is Falling Down

e. See how they run, see how they run

6. Baa Baa Black Sheep

f. All the king's horses and all the king's men

7. She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes

g. Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!

8. Three Blind Mice

h. Build it up with iron bars My fair lady

9. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

i. To fetch a pail of water.

 

Key

1. f.

2. i.

3. a.

4. b.

5. h.

6. g.

7. d.

8. e.

9. c.

Vocabulary

chanting

kántálva

proud

büszkén

apparently

nyilvánvalóan

to be rooted

gyökerezni

creepy

hátborzongató

ridiculously

nevetségesen

backstory

háttértörténet

ubiquitous

mindenütt jelenlévő

to conjure up

felidézni

jovial

kedélyes, joviális

to take a tumble

lebucskázni, leesni

canon

ágyú

to plummet

lezuhanni

countless

számtalan

in its wake

nyomában

destruction

pusztulás

revolutionary

forradalmi

famed

hírhedt

monarch

uralkodó

to guillotine off

nyaktilóval lenyakazni

offspring

utód

unknowingly

tudatlanul

demise

haláleset

gust of wind

széllökés

unassuming

mit sem sejtő

lad

fickó

tushie

popó, fenék

to knock sy down

földhöz vágni valakit

raging

tomboló

brawl

civakodás, veszekedés

crew

legénység

reckless

óvatlan, meggondolatlan

to trace back

visszanyúlni

slavery

rabszolgaság

spooked

megriasztott

to indulge in

átadni magát valaminek

yummy

finom

to collapse

összedőlni

sacrifice

áldozat

to bury

eltemetni

underneath

valami alatt

stable

stabil

to amend

helyesbíteni

grueling

nem igazságos, büntető jellegű

shepherd

pásztor

animal cruelty

állatkínzás

jolly

vidám

rendition

előadás, tolmácsolás

apocalypse

apokalipszis, világvége

nobleman

nemesember

to plot

szőni, kitervelni

revenge

bosszú

carving knife

húsvágó kés

pumpkin

sütőtök

to cheat on sy

megcsalni valakit

remains

maradványai

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