Disturbing Rhymes

I’ve been reading Mother Goose nursery rhymes to Gwen the past few nights and I have to say, many of them are quite disturbing! Amazing how re-reading stuff as an adult gives a whole new perspective! Even the more popular ones like Humpty Dumpty are still rather depressing. The poor guy falls, breaks and no one can put him back together. The end.

But that’s mild compared to some of the others.

There’s this one. Three lines.

Cry baby, cry
Stick a finger in your eye
Tell you mother it wasn’t I.

Um, really? Did I really just tell my daughter to stick a finger in her eye before she goes to sleep? Thankfully she has no idea what I’m saying yet.

Rock-a-bye Baby is another one…about a baby who falls from a tree top. Heartwarming.

There are even references to violence in some of the others.

I found this article: http://www.babble.com/toddler/rated-r-nursery-rhymes-15-creepy-rhymes-for-kids-and-their-disturbing-origins/


Who was this Mother Goose and what was her deal?!

I think I’ll be reading another book tomorrow night.



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