The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #118015   Message #2547741
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
24-Jan-09 - 07:42 AM
Thread Name: Hostile baby rocking songs
Subject: RE: Hostile baby rocking songs

Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children will burn
Except little Nan, who sits in a pan
Weaving gold laces as fast as she can

In Medieval England, the farmers would set torches to the old Hop vines after the harvest, to clear the fields for the next planting. The poem was a warning to the aphid-eating Ladybugs, still crawling on the vines in search of aphids.  The Ladybugs' children (larvae) could get away from the flames, but the immobile pupae (Nan) remained fastened to the plants (laces) and couldn't escape.