If you assumed nursery rhymes were for kids, you’re not alone. That’s what I always thought, too. And I know a thing or two about nursery rhymes because they’re huge at my house. Or at least they were. I guess the triplets, at five (and a half, as they’d correct) are getting a bit too big for them. But we read them to our baby. And it won’t be long till he finds himself right in the very center of the nursery rhyme demographic. Which, for what it’s worth, I estimate to be around three-ish.
And I gotta tell you, despite the fact that the triplets loved the nursery rhymes, I did not. Well, at first they were fine, but my goodness did they ever start to bother me. I mean, a fella can only recite Humpty Dumpty so many times, you know what I mean?
But thanks to a little Internet research I recently conducted by visiting the site Nursery Rhymes Lyrics, Origins & History, I’m happy to report that nursery rhymes no longer bother me.
They disturb me.
Why, you might ask? Because they’re not these sing-songy, kid-friendly deals that you and I have long assumed. Nope. Many of these simple rhymes allude to sophisticated stories that are anything but child’s play.
Don’t believe me? Then check out these five nursery rhymes and what their true meanings are. I’ve taken the liberty of giving you a pithy synopsis of each, but have also embedded (very short) videos underneath that detail each of the highlighted rhymes. And I strongly encourage you to click.
Because, yeah, they’re disturbing. But they’re also fascinating! Hope you enjoy.
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