Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
all the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put humpty together again.
If you ask me, if they really wanted to help him, they could’ve.
Ever wonder what these nursery rhymes mean? We spend our childhood memorizing and singing these poems, unaware of the troubling degrading morals they portray. But this is something I’ve always pondered over. These rhyming fables can be really disturbing if you think about them.
For example, one of the poems we hear being sung to us is “Rock-a-bye baby”. Let’s take a look at it, shall we?
Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock?
When the bow breaks, the cradle will fall
Down will come baby, cradle and all.
We’re telling kids that the baby is going to fall. Well, that’s got to be traumatizing.
Think it’s just this? I’ll give you another one.
Mickey on a railway, picking up stones
Down came an engine and broke Mickey’s bones
‘Ah!’ said Mickey. ‘That’s not fair’
‘Oh!’ said the engine driver, ‘I don’t care’.
WOW. So basically we’re being taught to be inconsiderate and emotionless towards other’s sufferings, particularly those brought on by us.
And we all know that “Ring-a-roses” is based on the plague. And the “we all fall down” means we’re all dead.
Chubby cheeks, dimple chin
Rosy lips, teeth within
Curly hair, very fair
Eyes are blue, lovely too
Teacher’s pet, is that you?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Gotta tell you. This nursery rhyme is not only racist (very fair, blue eyes) but also teaching narcissism. *sigh* I can only imagine the wonderful effect this nursery rhyme would have on people. (This was sarcastic, by the way.)
And then there’s Georgie Porgie, who kisses girls and makes them cry. And how can I forget? The dish who ran away with the spoon- They had issues.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, our childhood shouldn’t be infiltrated with disturbing tales and poems like these. Everything just gets more horrifying when you grow up. Even the most childlike, innocent thing has a deeply disturbing story behind it.
If you need more examples, you can always refer to Grimm’s fairytales- The original version. And you’ll know that Snow White’s mother wanted to kill her and Cinderella’s step sisters cut their toes off to fit the glass slipper etc. etc.
Anyway, you get my drift.