NURSERY RHYMES ARE WEIRD
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Humpty Dumpty, London bridge is falling down, Jack and Jill...
What do all these have in common?
First of all, they are nursery rhymes.
Secondly, they are extremely weird nursery rhymes.
Well take off your pants, grab a cup of hot chocolate and relax because in about to take on the arduous task of showing you exactly how strange nursery rhymes are.
Nursery rhymes were an essential part of our childhood. They are as important and entertaining to us as tiktok is to this generation.
For most of us, we had nursery rhymes native to our locations. Most of them were in our native languages or dialects, they were unique to our environments.
But there were still some classics that were known all over the world and it's these classes we're going to be treating today.
Now, one of the things I've noticed about kids is that they are dumb. So when it comes to analysing content, they are kinda hopeless.
And as kids, we didn't really care about the lyrics or the meaning, because we were either too dumb to notice or too unbothered to care about finding any meaning. All we wanted was the tunes and occasional dancing.
So when we listened to these nursery rhymes as kids, we didn't understand the weirdness/creepiness the lyrics entailed but now that we're all mostly adults, I took it upon myself to do what nobody sent me to do and actually analyze the lyrics and origins of some of these nursery rhymes and boy o boy, the things I saw were not pretty.
I felt disturbed, perturbed and quite frankly unsettled. So as a good fellow that I am, I have decided to share these feelings with all of you, so that we can all be traumatized together.
But enough foreplay, let's get right to it.
It's time for the breakdown.
ANALYSING NURSERY RHYMES
1. HUMPTY DUMPTY
The rhyme goes:
"Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again"
Humpty Dumpty originated in England and was first recorded in 1797. So it has been a long time that this guy has been falling and suffering.
Now there are many weird things about this short nursery rhyme but I think the weirdest thing of all is that in all the visual representation I've ever seen of this poem, Humpty Dumpty is always depicted as an egg.
But if you read the poem carefully, there is no place where it says Humpty Dumpty was an egg. So why do we always depict him as an egg?!
The rhyme just talks about a guy that was sitting on a wall and he fell (probably due to village people) and no one could help him.
How did egg come into play?
The theory I came up with is that the people making the visual mediums did not want to traumatize children by showing blood, guts and severed body parts so they made the guy an egg. A broken egg looks much better than a broken skull.
Another thing that bugs me about this poem is the second part.
"All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again."
Now I understand the king's men part, they are humans, they can help
What the hell are horses supposed to do?
The rhyme was like the horses couldn't put Humpty together again...
THEY ARE HORSES!!!
Call a freaking doctor!
The final thing I'm going to be talking about that makes this nursery rhyme hella dark is the fact that it states they "couldn't put Humpty together again."
Does that mean Humpty Dumpty died?
He's dead isn't he.
Gone but not forgotten.
Forever remembered... as an egg.
2. ROCK A BYE BABY
The rhyme goes;
"Rock a bye baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all."
Rock a bye baby originated in the 18th century which explains a lot because the drug opium was also popular at that period.
Because why would a baby be on a tree in the first place?
Of all places...
What if thunder strikes the tree?
Does this baby not have parents??
Were the parents high on opium???
What pisses me off the most about this is that it's meant to be a bedtime song.
So you're telling me your baby is trying to sleep and the best song you can sing is a song of a fellow baby that's falling down from a tree??
that baby probably died mehn..
If babies weren't dumb, I'm sure they'd be very offended by that song😑
It's like singing a song about a plane crash to a pilot.
3. JACK AND JILL
The rhyme goes:
"Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after."
Basically, jack broke his head,
and Jill fell down after him.
So they both died.
What's it with all these nursery rhymes and people dying??
and that's not even the weirdest thing about this rhyme.
The weirdest thing is that it's based on a French king and his wife. they were convicted of treason and killed...
Good thing kids are dumb.
I wanted to treat more nursery rhymes but I think that's enough of being creeped out today.
Dear readers, I do hope you learnt something new today, because I did, and I think I'm a bit scarred.
Anyhoo, next time you're singing a nursery rhyme to a kid, know that it probably has a dark and creepy meaning.
Thank you for reading.
Omo! You have grown to make research about these rhymes oo 😅😅
What do we children know then? We only love the tune and we wanna dance too and make fun. So, having meaning or not, we care less. Life simple 😂😂
You really tried coming up with the meaning. I never knew Humpty Dumpty meant an egg 😅
Research that no one sent me😭😭😭
Life was so simple mehn
Just dancing and having fun🤲🏼
😂😂 No one sent you truly but it´s good you did that so you can teach other kids so as to understand better now. Lol
Oh! the innocence of my childhood 😭
Very interesting. Horses...so true, what can they do! (but seriously, I really like how you shre your pint of view, it is true, the word egg was never mentionned (I never had realized it)
Horses are cool
But they are definitely not doctors
Thank you so much man
Okay, another analysis and I'm going to reply to each of the poem 😂 because just the first analysis has got me laughing so much here.
So humpty dumpty isn't an egg? Don't tell me that please 😂 like you said, he will forever be remembered as an egg.
I still don't understand what horses are supposed to do with a dead man too.
Rockabye baby sounded so nice to ear back then 😂 I finally got to read the lyrics and what it actually means, what a mean world! 😩🤣
I wanted to ask the same thing, why are all the poems connected to death? 😂 Really weird and for the first time, I'm grateful for dumbness 😅
Well done on this analysis that we dinur send you, my heart is almost broken 😒
Na so them dey deceive us as pikin but it's not their fault.
Na because we weren't smart that time
And I shouted, what a life!!😭😭😭
People were twisted back then mehn
I will always do analysis that no one sends me🤲🏼
It's my talent 😌
Continue with analysis that they dinur send you, we will continue to read 🥲
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So all these while, we were singing songs about death and we did not know. No wonder our life expectancy dey decrease. We've been summoning what we don't know
This took me out😭😭😭
A review of all children poems would be a good suggestion for generation sake
Maybe the reason why this generation is so weird is because of all the weird poems we listened to as kids