Deathly Nursery Rhymes


So I was getting ready this morning and my son was watching "The Wiggles" and they started to sing "It's raining it's pouring the old man is snoring he went to bed and couldn't wake up in the morning". It took me a minute to process how wrong the lyrics were, the lyrics that I heard when I was little was "It's raining it's pouring the old man is snoring bumped his head and he went to bed and he couldn't wake up in the morning". Is it just me or did it seem like they disregarded the whole essence of the nursery rhyme. Not that I would sing that to my son till he was asleep but still....it was something that I had heard growing up and I don't understand why that has changed.

I feel that the youth of today are so shielded by the rhymes that use to scare the crap out me. For instance "Ring around the roses, a pocket full of posies, ashes ashes they all fall down", just a mass song of death from the 1800s all about the plague that struck London. Now they have some alternative song to lessen the pain for kids.

Now I'm not saying that I want the toddlers of today to be scared or anything I'm just saying that I want the nursery rhymes to stay the way they were written. There should be no reason as to why that had to change based on someones opinion of how fragile a child really is. Or is it because we shouldn't make that same mistake twice by overexposing the toddlers of today to negativity.

I'm all for lessening the pain of my son any day....but there comes a time when the truth will come out whether it is intentional or not. So I say to all parents to keep with the original nursery rhymes to your kids, not only will they learn an important piece of history from the song, they will gain a better perspective of life.

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New 2011 Mom 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Believe it or not I am noticing the same thing, even with some older nursery rhymes it seems to talk about something negative. Obviously I'm not talking about all, but there are some that make me wonder.


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aallard23 5 years ago from USA Author

It's crazy how things can just slip past us and we sing these to our kids.

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