I started singing lots of nursery rhymes to Baby Y. The YMCA Baby & Me program, as well as the Music Together classes in our region are great ways to meet other moms & babies, as well as have fun with your baby through sharing music.
The lyrics of many nursery rhymes caught my attention. They seem pessimistic, morbid, and some are outright violent!
Example #1 – Jack & 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.
Jill came in, and how she did grin
To see Jack’s paper plaster;
Mother, vexed, did whip her next
For causing Jack’s disaster.
So, Jack fell down because he was careless, but Jill got whipped by mom? Gender equality much?
Example #2 – Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
So Mr. Egg broke, and the royals did not have enough manpower to put Mr. Egg back together? What happened after? Mr. Egg just laid in the sun and got baked into frittata? Is the point of this song to tell us that some things just cannot be fixed?
Example #3 – Sing a Song of Sixpence
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
We’re baking birds now?