Nursery Rhymes Gone Bad

Guys honest confession here , when was the last time you read a nursery rhyme ..

If you maybe it to your children  .. or  to your  your nephew or niece .. chances are you have been embarrassed with some of those words ..

… if you have just hummed it coz you remembered it .. I am sure you might have chuckled at some of those words like

Dinah won’t you blow,
Dinah won’t you blow,
Dinah won’t you blow your horn ?

Dinah won’t you blow,
Dinah won’t you blow,
Dinah won’t you blow your horn ?

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah.
Someone’s in the kitchen I know.
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah.
Strumming on her (err) the old banjo


In today’s world ,  its sounds more like a line from a porn movie than a nursery rhyme

And what about Rock-a-Bye Baby

Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetop,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,

If the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.


Whoever thought about this and what’s with the ending….It surely sound irresponsible .. even taboo to utter these words in some superstitious cultures.

Other nursery rhymes like

Peter peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And then he kept her very well.


are masochist at best.   What was supposed to be fun reading in the past as people were comparably loyal and understanding to their wives  .. today is actually nightmarishly true for some children when their parents divorce … we surely can skip such visuals from young brains… what say ?


There are many other violent one like

Goosey Goosey Gander
where dost thou wonder?
Upstairs and downstairs
and in my Lady’s chamber
There I met an Old man
that wouldnt say his prayers.
I took him by his hind legs
and threw him down the stairs.

I am sure you can add a whole lot of those in the comments section

The point is should these songs  be taught to today’s children …….where such violence and masochism is punishable in a modern society ? …….Should these be revised to suit today’s age  ( read my article on Mark Twain’s and 21st century ) ?  or should we not keep these poems as a reference point of our history and look forward to new ones which are more suitable for today’s children….After all our children are the future…. We need to keep this beautiful .. what say ?


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One Response to Nursery Rhymes Gone Bad

  1. Asif Ahmed says:

    inspiring information! I am looking forward to reading more from you!

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