Favorite Nursery Rhymes…Did you know their Dark Origins?


From tales of poverty to religious persecution…stay
tuned to number 1 to find out the dark secrets behind your favorite nursery rhymes! Number 10: Ring Around the Rosie. Oh, the joyful sound of children laughing
and singing as they dance around in a circle with flowers. Except instead of laughter, there are sounds
of agony. And instead of dancing, there’s death. But…at least they still have the flowers. Except that those are to ward off the stench
of death. This famous nursery rhyme is supposedly about
the Bubonic Plague that hit England centuries ago. You know it…it goes: Ring around the rosie
A pocket full of posies Ashes, ashes
We all fall down Circular rosy patches would appear on the
skin and people carried posies in their pockets. It was believed the posies would keep the
wearer safe from contamination, though others believe it was to cover up the smell of death
everywhere. Finally, the “ashes, ashes” part of the rhyme
comes from the fact that the dead bodies of those with the plague were burned, partially
to avoid contact with the disease, and also because there were so many deaths on a regular
basis that they couldn’t keep up with the burials. Still want to sing Ring Around the Rosie with
your kids? Number 9: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring. You probably sang this little tune when you
were young: It’s raining, it’s pouring
The old man is snoring He bumped his head on his bed
And couldn’t get up in the morning When you listen to this nursery rhyme, you
might think of a silly old man stumbling around, perhaps in need of a cane or walker. But the truth is, the old man is dead. He’s not waking up because he is in his eternal
slumber. Some people believe that maybe he just passed
out from being drunk and is unconscious from a concussion but…even still, is that any
better for a bedtime story? I actually wrote my own nursery rhyme! It’s time to be cool you, we’re Zero2Hero,
There’s no time to hide, click like and subscribe by using the buttons down there, yo! Okay…that was horrible. Number 8: Rub-a-dub-dub. This one will come as a shocker. Granted, the idea of three grown-ups in the
tub never seemed very child-friendly. Rub a dub dub, three men in the tub
And who do you think was there? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker
And all of them gone to the fair Basically, long ago there were fairs that
came to town and some of the exhibits were risque, to say the least. Now some versions have three ladies in the
tub with the butcher, baker and candlestick maker there as well, while others have the
men in the tub. Regardless of who is in the tub, the women
are prostitutes and the men are the ones getting their kicks from watching them. A sudsy peepshow, if you will. That film would definitely not be rated PG. Number 7: Mary Mary Quite Contrary. Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row What could possibly be unsavory about a garden
of flowers, you ask? The fact that it stands for the torture and
execution of hundreds of people. Mary I, Queen of England is nicknamed “Bloody
Mary” and her reign is what prompted this nursery rhyme. Essentially, England was having a struggle
over which religion should rule, because they apparently didn’t live by the expression “can’t
we all just get along.” So Queen Mary took over and decided everyone
should be Catholic. Being any other religion was unacceptable. Secretly practicing another religion was unacceptable. Even trying to flee to a place that allowed
another religion was unacceptable. So where does the garden analogy come in? Well “silver bells” and “cockle shells” aren’t
flowers, they’re torture devices. And the maidens in a row are all the women
lined up to be executed because they weren’t Catholic. Sweet dreams, kiddies! Number 6: Baa Baa Black Sheep. You’re probably wondering how a cute little
rhyme about a sheep could possibly have another meaning. This nursery rhyme isn’t morbid, but it was
a statement of the times. Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. One for my master and one for my dame
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane. In the 13th century, England put a heavy tax
on wool. Shockingly, this helped the king and not the
poor people. In the nursery rhyme, the story teller has
wool for his master, the king, and wool for his dame, which is supposed to be the church. In the current version, there is also a bag
for the boy down the lane. In the original, however, there is none left
for the boy, which results in him crying. The boy stood for the general public or poor
town folk. Not exactly the happy ending you thought it
was. Number 5: Rock-a-bye Baby. If you answer honestly, you’d probably admit
these lyrics never seemed to make a lot of sense for a child’s lullaby. Rock a bye baby, on the tree top
When the wind blows the cradle will rock When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all There are two competing theories for the origin
of Rock-a-Bye Baby. One version says that a Pilgrim saw the Native
Americans rocking their babies. They would put them in a birch cradle and
hang it from a branch so that the wind could rock the baby to sleep. The Pilgrim then decided this wasn’t safe
and wrote a “what if” lullaby for parenting gone wrong. The other version, however, involves King
James II and his wife Mary. The story goes that they were unable to produce
a male heir to the throne, so they smuggled a baby into the birthing room and claimed
it as their own. This darker version has the wind representing
the rest of the family who wants to take over the throne. So the wind is attacking, which is rocking
the baby. The baby falling would be the family taking
over control from the heir. Either way, the story ends with a baby falling,
so it’s not a big surprise that there was a strange story behind this rhyme. Number 4: Pop Goes the Weasel. Another statement of the times, this nursery
rhyme revolves around poverty. All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel The monkey thought it was all in fun
Pop goes the weasel “Pop” was a term that used to be synonymous
with pawning something, while “weasel” meant a coat. Throughout the verses of the rhyme, this coat
continues to get pawned off as payment for something someone can’t afford. One verse goes “A penny for a spool of thread,
a penny for a needle, that’s the way the money goes, pop goes the weasel.” And you probably thought it was about a rascally
monkey chasing a weasel around. Shame on you! Number 3: Jack and Jill. We shouldn’t have to tell you how this one
goes. Who hasn’t heard Jack and Jill? But in case you grew up under a rock: 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 You probably already know that the word “crown”
in the nursery rhyme is referring to a person’s head. Which already makes this a questionable bedtime
story. It’s about a boy who breaks his head? But parents are great at making things child-friendly,
so you say he got a boo-boo on his head or bumped his head and then was all better. And yes, you can recover from a bump on the
head. But you can’t really recover from a beheading. And yes, that’s what this is actually about. Jack and Jill represent King Louis XVI and
his queen, Marie Antoinette, who were found guilty of a teeny tiny crime called treason. And were then beheaded. Number 2: Ladybird Ladybird. Religious persecution is back! There seem to be a number of rhymes about
this issue, including this one. The words of this lesser-known rhyme go: Ladybird ladybird, fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone
All except one and that’s little Ann She’s hiding under a frying pan The story is that in the fight between Catholics
and Protestants, when the Protestants had the upper hand, this was meant as a “friendly”
little warning. You know, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs
bite, and if we find out you’re secretly Catholic we’ll burn you at the stake. And burn your house. And we don’t care if your kids are inside
at the time. Just your everyday nursery rhyme, apparently. All I know is that…it must have been one
big frying pan! Number 1: Goosey Goosey Gander. Goosey goosey gander
Whither shall I wander Upstairs and downstairs
And in my lady’s chambers There I met an old man
Who wouldn’t say his prayers So I took him by the left leg
And threw him down the stairs We warned you there were of bunch of nursery
rhymes about religion. This one, despite its innocent title, is also
from the time that Catholics had to pray in secret. If you were caught, you could be fined, killed,
or even burned at the stake’a bunch of fun-filled options for you. In the rhyme, everything is hunky-dory until
a priest is caught. Logically, they needed to take him by his
leg and toss him down the stairs. And of course, it is also logical that this
should be a bedtime tale for the youth. Nightie night children! What did you think of the stories behind these
nursery rhyme? Let us know in the comments below and…take
care!

100 thoughts on “Favorite Nursery Rhymes…Did you know their Dark Origins?

  1. Tell us your favorite nursery rhyme, and if you know it's dark history!

  2. A ring a ring of roses
    His blood like water flows and
    Ashes, ashes, he falls down dead

  3. I thought the crown part literally meant he was wearing a crown in Jack and Jill. I didn't know it meant his head

  4. ring…
    around…
    the…
    rosie…

    pocket full of p ossIES

    AshES aSHes

    wE AlL fALl doWN

  5. My friend said it's raining it's pouring my old man is snoring. H. E. L . P . M . E also my friend to

  6. Around the Rosie pocket full of posies ashes ashes we all Fall down you will die Ring around the Rosie you will die

  7. As said from cyborg in teen Titans go "MYYYY CHILD HOOOOD

  8. So theres acully i ring on you and then u get like rashes

  9. On this old man he hurt people on 7 he killed someone

  10. Since you ruined my childhood, I'm subscribing!! ;D

  11. It already sounded bad that’s every thing I was thinking so u made a video about my thoughts

  12. The lyrics were changed at the end to he wouldnt get up till morning…anyone else

  13. we can all be friends
    but have to tell the truth
    and if we we betray one another
    then we will go kaboom

  14. I do know one and it's ring around the rosie
    Well alright then
    I have thought of some of these when I was a bit younger to be dark
    IVE ALWAYS KNEW THAT JACK AND JILL IS DARK

  15. Ring around the rosie
    This song is creepyyy
    If u continued the song
    Then youll kill me now

    Its raining its blooding the old man is dying he went to his grave and goes to the hell and he died at the hell

    Rub a dub dub
    Three men in the street
    And who do you think were there
    The killer the monster the criminal
    And all of them killed the lil girl

    Mary mary quite contraty how does ur blood goes? With red bells and organs body and pretty Eye balls all in a body

    Baba black sheep
    Have you killed a persons
    Black sheep: yes sir yes sir three blood bags
    Sheep: one for the monster
    Sheep: one for the wolf
    Black sheep: and one for the little boy who dies at the blood

    Rock a bye baby
    On the tree top
    When the wind blows
    The baby will fall
    When the tree fell
    The baby will die
    And the blood will come

    All around the blood body
    The tiger chased the pigs,
    The tiger saids "more blood more blood" goes to the chicken
    A chicken goes cry at the tiger

    Jack and jill fell down the hill
    And they blood came out
    Jack's head got break and broke his body
    And jill's arms broke and diee together

    Killer killer
    Stay away at home
    Your going to kill us
    And your friends died
    At the fire
    And thats little kid
    She died at the fire

    Goosey goosey gander
    Blood shall i wonder
    Upstairs and dowstairs
    And its dark at my room
    There i met an old woman
    Who would kill me
    I run away at the home
    And saw her infront of me

  16. most of these are about england- hmm- 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  17. Wow, I didnt even know half of these rhymes, very interesting though

  18. i never heard of those nursery rhymes.. (I'm stupid lol.)

  19. Dont sing ring around a rosy you can get ashes but if you sing it you have to wash your self and when you dont wash your self you get ashes when you are maybe 12 or more

  20. I watched this at 3 am now in ………the devils body….

  21. i always thought that ring around the rosie meant it was a type of rash that forms and pocket full of posies as the buboes that one gets on their lymph nodes

  22. I already knew that ring around the rosie was creepy because ashes is FIRE and we all fall down means we die

  23. Yeah, I’m going to watch this when I get OUT of the bathroom ;—; (I know I’m gross .—.)

  24. Thanks I actually like these rhymes now now I know they don't have some "happy ending"

  25. I sorta got ringa ringa Rosie/roses when we was a child, I mean we get sick and we fall down. Pretty self explanatory.

  26. Random person in Mary I reign : cant we all get along
    Random executioner : sets him alight

  27. Ring around the rosie
    A pocket full of posies
    Thanos:* Snaps *
    Ashes, Ashes
    We all fall down

  28. Ring Around the Rosie pocket full of posies ashes ashes We All Fall Down

  29. APC Maynard "Don't fret, precious, I'm here
    Step away from the window and go back to sleep
    Safe from pain and truth and choice and other poison devils
    See, they don't give a fuck about you, like I do

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Count the bodies like sheep…
    Count the bodies like sheep…

    Counting bodies like sheep
    To the rhythm of the war drums
    Count the bodies like sheep

    [Chorus]
    Go back to sleep, go back to sleep
    (Counting bodies like sheep
    To the rhythm of the war drums)
    Go back to sleep, go back to sleep
    (Counting bodies like sheep
    To the rhythm of the war drums)

    Go back to sleep, go back to sleep
    (Counting bodies like sheep)
    Go back to sleep"

  30. Ohh and who could forget Metallica
    Say your prayers, little one.
    Don't forget, my son
    to include everyone.
    I'll tuck you in, warm within
    keep you free from sin
    'till the sandman, he comes.

    Sleep with one eye open,
    gripping your pillow tight.

    Exit light. Enter night.
    Take my hand.
    We're off to Never-Never Land.

    Something's wrong, shut the light,
    heavy thoughts tonight
    and they aren't of Snow White.
    Dreams of war, dreams of lies,
    dreams of dragon's fire
    and of things that will bite, yeah.

    Sleep with one eye open,
    gripping your pillow tight.

    Exit light. Enter night.
    Take my hand.
    We're off to Never-Never Land.

    Heh heh.

    Now I lay me down to sleep
    (Now I lay me down to sleep)
    Pray the Lord, my soul to keep
    (Pray the Lord, my soul to keep)
    If I die before I wake
    (If I die before I wake)
    Pray the Lord, my soul to take.
    (Pray the Lord, my soul to take)

    Hush little baby, don't say a word.
    And nevermind that noise you heard.
    It's just the beast under your bed.
    In the closet, in your head.

    Exit light. Enter night.
    Grain of sand.
    Exit light. Enter night.
    Take my hand.
    We're off to Never-Never Land.

  31. Today I thought about an old song , ring around the Rosie and realized how scary it truly sounded so I researched the history of the rhyme.

  32. The dark story for JHONNY JHONNY is JHONNY can’t eat breakfast!

  33. If you know your creepypasta’s you already knew pop the weasel was already dark and I think you know why!

  34. I've also thought the old man in its raining its pouring was dead 😛 its kinda obvious when you think about it

  35. Ring-a-ring o' rosies,A pocket full of posies.a Tissue a Tissue, we all fall down

    SCP-049 Singed this

  36. Someone already made a version of Mary Mary quite contrary, but the origin is darker.

  37. I well say I only knew the ring around the roseys one but the others changed everything why are they kid rhymes like what the hell man

  38. MY CHILD HOOD YOU BURNED IT TO ASHES😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😥

  39. at number 9 he didn't get up because it was Saturday in the pouring rain song.

  40. Ring around the rosies
    The legends: if you song ring around the roises in 3am untill down its real gonna burn your house

  41. I was always told it’s ring around the Rosie a pocket full of posies achoo achoo we all fall down and I can’t remember the second part

  42. Ring around the roise…..
    This evil thing IT knows me….
    Lost ghost sround me
    I cAnt fAll down…..
    Help me…….!

  43. The way i learned the bah bah black sheep song i heard the origin was the black sheep was a black slave. He had all his labor for his master the masters wife and i dont remember what the little boy down the lane was.

  44. My female cousin forced us to play ring around the rosie. I always found it creepy.

  45. The music teacher in elementary told us the true meaning of ring around the rosie in 4th grade and were all like wtf.

  46. King Louis the 14 of England also beheaded people if they didn’t look at him while they danced.

  47. I always knew they were dark even in elementary. For some reason I thought “ring around the Rosie” was about the holocaust though..

  48. I new about the song ring around the rosie just td in history class. Bc we were learning abt the black death/plague.

  49. Btw don’t @ me I take history for gcse and an actual historian told me this so…
    Number seven Mary Mary is referring to her name how does your garden grow is referring to how she couldn’t get pregnant and how the baby is in her Womb didn’t grow with silver bells and Cockle shells is referring to how her husband had many affairs and pretty maids all in a row means all her miscarriages and stillbirths what all girls, not the torture of millions

  50. I learned that ring around the rosie had a dark secret and i already new that but then the song got stuck in my head and the i remembered and it literally scared the fact of it being evil and dark😥

  51. b a a
    b a a
    b l a c k
    s h e e p
    h a v e
    y o u
    a n y
    s o u l ?

    no sir, by the way, what the hell are morals?

    i got this from wolf in sheeps clothing by set it off lmao

  52. Ring a round the rosie pocket filled with pussy cats fur fur we all fall asleep (does not make sense) 😂

  53. Ring around the Rosie used to be one of my favourite song as a kid ;-; idek why.

  54. In ring around a rosie theres another secret at the end when it says we all fall down the truth is it says we all fall to death

  55. Someone singing ring around the Rosie’s

    Me:hey I made my own ringing round the World Trade Center pocket full of burgers eat it eat it and then u fart 💨😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹

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