Continuing on a theme of nursery rhymes… I’ve been busy looking up what some of them mean and thought I’d share a few interesting little factoids with you*.
Apparently Goosey Goosey Gander (the one about throwing Professor Dawkins down the stairs) derives from the 16th or 17th century and is thought to be about the perscution of Catholics who could be found lurking in prayer chambers in stately homes.
Pop Goes the Weasel is a cockney classic about pawning (popping) your best coat (weasel and stoat) every week in order to pay for groceries, before buying it back in time for Sunday best. (The lesser sung verse goes… “Up and down the City Road, in and out The Eagle, that’s the way the money goes, pop goes the weasel“… The Eagle being an east end pub/music hall)
As for Georgie Porgie, I’ve always assumed it was a folk song about the local village sex pest but there appears to be some speculation that it refers to a pretty young 17th century Duke called George Villiers who swung both ways and had affairs with lots of people, including James 1st of England the Queen of France.
So there you go. Factoids galore.
According to my baby book, 4 months is a good age to start singing nursery rhymes to your bablet… after about six repetitions they will start to recognise the songs and might even start to develop favourites.
* Disclaimer: everything in this post may be complete and utter ballcocks