History Behind Nursery Rhymes: They’re Horrible!
Singing to our kids before they fall asleep is a sweet tradition, as long as nursery rhymes we use are not closeted horror stories. Death, punishements, plauges and affairs: this is what many generations of childrens are fed with before going to sleep.
Let’s look closer at Little Old Lady that lived in a shoe. Why someone would live in a shoe? It’s because she’s beating her kids to death and she doesn’t want them getting to child services to report her. Really. The lyrics themselves are not comforting either:
“There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread; Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.”
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