Sunday, February 20, 2011

Nursery Rhymes - Lyrics, Origins & History!

As my grandson becomes older, I think back to when my son and daughter were young and the Nursery rhymes we used to read to them every night. As I thought about the rhymes I wondered if nursery rhymes were alive and well in the digital age. I found this site, which I thought was a great starting point for parents and grandparents to understand the lyrics, origins and history of the rhymes. I always found it more interesting to share this information with my children along with the poems. The site is Nursery Rhymes Lyrics, Origins and History and it is from the UK.

This is the introduction to the site:

The history and origins of most nursery rhymes reflect events in history and where available we have included both the meanings, history and origins of everyone's favourite nursery rhymes. Two examples of these types of nursery rhymes history and origins are 'Ring a Ring o Rosies' which refers to the Bubonic plague and 'Remember Remember' nursery rhymes which allude to Guy Fawkes' foiled attempt to blow up the English Houses of Parliament! Many of the words and nursery rhymes lyrics were used to parody the royal and political events of the day, direct dissent would often be punishable by death! Strange how these events in history are still portrayed through children's nursery rhymes, when for most of us the historical events relationship to the nursery rhymes themselves are long forgotten! Help us to maintain our history and heritage through the words and lyrics of old Nursery Rhymes online.

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