Thursday, February 16, 2006

Nursery Rhyme wonders

Nursery Rhyme wonders

Did you know that there is a nursery rhyme being sung to children that encourage them to eat worms (at least the child is meant to sing it when they feel unloved)? It is called the WORMS song. My legal system lecturer sang in it class yesterday. It is pretty addictive, It is stuck in my head. Take a look at the lyrics.


Nobody loves me
Everybody hates me
Guess Ill eat some worms.
Big fat juicy ones
Teeny Weeny skinny ones
see them crawl along.
Ill bite off their heads
and suck in the juice
and throw their skins away
Nobody knows this
but I like to eat worms
three times a day.


The lyrics are of what I remembered only. It might be slightly longer. So what is the point of nursery rhymes likes this? The age old nursery rhyme, rock a bye baby, itself, if you study the literature behind it, is a murder tale.

It is funny how till today we sing all these tales to our children, but what do they really mean? What are we trying to tell them?