9 Jolly Nursery Rhymes With Deeply Disturbing Meanings

4. Ladybird, Ladybird Fly Away Home

Ladybug ladybug fly away home, Your house in on fire and your children are gone, All except one and that's little Ann, For she crept under the frying pan.
Even though this one is immediately a little darker than the rest, discussing little red bugs houses being set alight, the real meaning behind it is even worse. As you can probably guess from what is trending, someone meets a sticky end, or in this case is burnt. €˜Ladybird€™ is a derivative of the catholic term for €˜our lady€™, and was believed to be used as a warning to Catholics who refused to attend protestant services as required by the act of uniformity (1559). The law disallowed priests to both say mass and attend it, therefore Mass was therefore held in secret in open fields. If caught, priests were subject to either being burnt at the stake or hung drawn and quartered.
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