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Thread #42119   Message #610461
Posted By: nutty
15-Dec-01 - 12:39 PM
Thread Name: WHY 4 & 20 Blackbirds baked in a pie?
Subject: Lyr Add: SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE
The version I taught was a childrens finger game although there may have been some hidden political significance.

SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE

Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing
Wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king

The king was in his counting-house counting out his money
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out her clothes
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose

The maid began to cry so little Jenny Wren
Flew down into the garden and popped it on again

Pecking off the maid's nose was obviously revenge on the royal household for killing all those blackbirds.
But as the maid was not directly involved in the killing she was granted a reprieve by animal/birds who were obviously much more forgiving than humankind.

Well ..... it's as good a theory as any 8-)