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Thread #42119   Message #610429
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
15-Dec-01 - 12:18 PM
Thread Name: WHY 4 & 20 Blackbirds baked in a pie?
Subject: RE: BS: WHY 4 & 20 Blackbirds baked in a pie?
Like most of the nursery rhymes we know, this is a coded political satire. I don't remember the particular story associated with this one, but I remember something about Jack Horner.

My memory is pretty vague, but as I recall the real-life Jack Horner was a political-benefit seeker, and the "plum" in his Christmas pie was a royal grant to some land. Others may know more of this sort of thing.

Dave Oesterreich