The sweet melodic tones of the charming nursery rhymes you sung during your childhood as you skipped round the playground are probably still on the tip of your tongue. As you joyously laughed and played with your friends, chanting ring around the rosy or lady bird lady bird, nothing could ruin that beautiful image of your blissful youth. Nothing. Nothing... until you actually look into what these cute tales of insects and flowers actually mean; they say ignorance is bliss, and it truly is when it comes to the meaning behind the nursery rhyme. While some help children learn the art of counting, rhythm, or are just total nonsense (hickory dickory what?), we have managed to compile a list of nursery rhymes that are troubling from the first lyric, and will make you see lady birds and church bells in an entirely different light. Still reeling from finding out Santa isnt real and fairies dont live at the bottom of your garden? Well that is nothing compared to what you are about to find out about your favourite play time jingle; that they were all in fact tales of woe and despair. Oh, and death, a whole load of death.
9. Three Blind Mice
Three blind mice, Three blind mice, See how they run, See how they run! They all ran after, The farmer's wife, She cut off their tails, With a carving knife, Did you ever see, Such a sight in your life, As three blind mice?
In this role play of despair the three blind mice are reference to the three nobleman who adhered to the protestant faith during the reign of Mary I, and were therefore convicted against plotting against the queen, who is represented by the farmers wife. To be fair she didnt actually have them dismembered and blinded like the rhyme suggests - they just burnt at the stake, so no biggy.