9 Children’s Songs with Dark Origins
by Andrea “The Grill” of Geeky Gaming
Come join us to count down 9 Children’s Songs with Dark Origins. Nothing quite starts your weekend like ruining your childhood.
Hey Geeks, it’s Andrea. And I am here today bringing you a slightly different video than we usually do. We are going to ruin our childhoods today by sharing 9 Children’s Songs with Dark Origins. Alright Geeks, let’s go.
- Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater is short and sweet and seemingly innocent. Until you start looking into it. Many historians actually believe that Peter’s wife was a prostitute. He became fed up with her taking part in her profession, so he killed her and to dispose of her body hid it in a pumpkin.
- It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
Like with many of the old nursery rhymes, it has been wildly debated what the actual meaning to this song is. Most people debate whether it is about a man who is unconscious due to a concussion or most popularly and disturbing, dead.
- She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain
One of the catchiest songs you will ever hear that have to do with, well, a lot of death. She’ll be coming round the mountain… wow, that’s hard to say without putting it to rhythm. Anyway, she’ll be coming round the mountain is referencing to the second coming of Christ and the following Rapture.
- Jimmy Crack Corn
This one is so messed up… There isn’t as much arguing about meaning as there are with many children songs. Most historians agree that Jimmy Crack Corn is about a slave owner dying when his horse is bucked him off because he was bitten by a blue tail fly. Although the fly is found to be what killed him, the slave is also executed.
- Three Blind Mice
Any song referencing to “Bloody” Mary is likely to be really messed up. With lines about tails getting cut off, it’s easy to agree that Three Blind Mice fits the bill. The Three Blind Mice mentioned were neither mice nor blind. And don’t worry, the tail in question is not referencing to any other things hanging off of a male’s body. Instead these poor guys were burned alive for conspiring against the queen.
- Jack and Jill
There are so many interpretations of Jack and Jill that a whole video could be done on it alone. Don’t worry, we won’t do it. The most accepted is that Jack and Jill were an unwed couple who used to sneak up a hill to get a little pre-marital alone time. Jill becomes pregnant and dies during childbirth and jack dies before the baby is born. Some have said he was killed by falling, some have said by rocks falling on him, and others have said he was sentenced to death for getting Jill pregnant out of wedlock.
- Rock-a-bye Baby
This was one of the many songs my mom used to sing to me when I was a child. Like with most of these, the meaning has been greatly argued. Some believe the baby falling is simply a mother placing a baby from her arms into the cradle at bedtime. Most disturbingly, many believe it is about dead babies, but thankfully there doesn’t seem to be a lot of evidence to support this theory. One of the most believed theories is that the song is a reference to giving birth. So the woman would be the tree, the cradle rocking would be contractions and when her water breaks the baby will come out of her. Placenta and all.
- London Bridge Is Falling Down
There used to be a tradition where people believed that if you entombed people into a structure that the structure would be more likely to have proper stability. These poor people would die slowly from starvation and lack of water. The people built into the bridge in question were small children. If you’ve ever played Red Rover, you were playing a game referencing capturing children to be used as sacrifice and build into the bridge.
- Ring Around the Rosie
I’m sure a lot of people expected this to be number 1. Ring around the rosie is the epitome of songs used to help make light of or cope with dark situations. Although some historians don’t acknowledge the idea of the song being about the black plague, there is a lot of evidence to support it. If you haven’t researched it much, the black or bubonic plague has been called the largest catastrophe in human history. 30-50 percent of Europe’s population was wiped out between 1347 and 1351. Ring around the rosie is believed to reference a rash that would appear on a victim’s bodies. Pocket full of posies, an attempt to mask the smell of the disease and ultimately death. Ashes, Ashes is said to be referring to the cremating of the victims. In many cases they not only cremated the dead, but also burned their homes and belongings to the ground in an attempt to destroy the disease. In alternate versions Ashes, Ashes was replaced with A-tishoo, A-tishoo. Heavy coughing and sneezing were two of the symptoms that showed up closest to death. Leading into we all fall down. Or drop dead as the final symptom of the disease.
Alright Geeks, that is going to do it for this video. On most of these, historians are very conflicted on whether these meanings are accurate or people looking too far into things. So what is your conclusion on it? To me, the simplest answer is usually the right one. Either way, I find them incredibly fascinating. Let me know what you guys think of these. If you liked what you saw and want more, be sure to hit that subscribe button for me. Follow us in the social media links below so we can hang out and talk about future videos. Alright Geeks, see you next time.
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