Goosey, goosey, gander,
Whither shall I wander?
Upstairs, and downstairs,
And in my lady's chamber.
There I met an old man
Who wouldn't say his prayers!
I took him by the left leg
And threw him down the stairs.
Really? Threw him down the stairs? That's a little violent...and that's how one of the books ends. I figured we could have ended on a happier note.
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 sight in your life,
As three blind mice?
And what about:
Jack and Jill
There Was An Old Woman
The Queen of Hearts
The list goes on and on. Weird, right? I remember singing these and repeating them as a kid and never once thought anything of it. It wasn't until I read the book of nursery rhymes to Thad that I was exposed to them again. Now don't get wrong, I'm not going to stop reading these to my son. Afterall, I'm pretty sure they're consdered "classic" and they're great for building fluency.
I just wonder what the origin was of so many of these and why some of them were so violent? Anyone know?