Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes Lyrics, Origins & History

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!

A Wise Old Owl Nursery Rhyme
Aiken Drum
An Apple a Day lyrics
As I was Going to St. Ives lyrics
Baa Baa Black Sheep rhyme
Big Ship Sails on the Ally-Ally-oh
Christmas is Coming
Cry Baby Buntin lyrics
Diddle Diddle Dumpling
Ding Dong Bell rhyme
Doctor Foster lyrics

For Want of a Nail rhyme
Georgie Porgie Nursery rhyme
Goosey Goosey Gander lyrics
Grand Old Duke of York
Hark hark the Dogs do Bark
Here is the Church rhyme
Hey Diddle Diddle lyrics
Hickory Dickory Dock lyrics
Horsey Horsey Rhyme
Hot Cross Buns rhyme
Humpty Dumpty story
Hush-a-bye Baby
Itsy Bitsy Spider lyrics
Jack and Jill went up the Hill
Jack be Nimble rhyme
Jack Sprat
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
Ladybug Ladybug rhyme
Little Bo-Peep rhyme
Little Boy Blue rhyme
Little Hen Nursery Rhyme
Little Jack Horner lyrics
Little Miss Muffet rhyme
Little Robin Red breast
Little Tommy Tucker rhyme
London Bells Nursery Rhyme
London Bridge is Broken down
London Bridge is Falling down
Lucy Lockett
Mary had a Little Lamb lyrics
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Old King Cole lyrics
Old Mother Hubbard
One Two Buckle my Shoe
One Two Three Four Five
Oranges and Lemons Rhyme
Pat a Cake Pat a Cake
Pease Pudding Hot Rhyme
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Polly put the Kettle on Rhyme
Pop goes the Weasel
Pussycat, Pussycat rhyme
Rain Rain go Away
Red Sky at Night lyrics
Remember Remember
Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
Ring around the Rosy lyrics
Rock a Bye Baby rhyme
Round and round the garden
See Saw Marjory Daw rhyme
Simple Simon lyrics
Sing a Song of Sixpence rhyme
Star Light Star Bright lyrics
The Cat, the Rat & Lovell the dog
The Elephant Rhyme
The Lion and the Unicorn rhyme
The North Wind doth Blow
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Queen of Hearts
The Sandman
There was a Crooked Man
There was an Old Lady lyrics
There was an Old Woman
Thirty Days hath September rhyme
This is the House that Jack built
This Little Piggy lyrics
Three Blind Mice Rhyme
Three Little Kitten lyrics
Tom Tom the Pipers son
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star rhyme
Two Little Dicky Birds rhyme
Wee Willie Winkie rhyme
What are Little Boys made of lyrics
When Adam delved, and Eve span
Who Killed Cock Robin lyrics

Lost Lyrics of Old Nursery Rhymes

It's no wonder the historical origins of Nursery Rhymes have become obscure as even though the nursery rhymes lyrics may have changed only slightly over so many re-tellings the English language itself has changed over the last six hundred years as anyone reading Shakespeare for the first time could not fail to notice!

As I was born and bred in London my favourite nursery rhymes are London Bells and its counterpart 'Oranges and Lemons' which recreate the sound of the chimes of many old churches once in London, however now I know the origins of the lyrics for this nursery rhyme the true rhyme meaning and origins of the last sentences are even more sinister than I had imagined as a child.

Knowledge of English History and the English language undoubtedly assisted in the analysis of the lyrics and origins of these nursery rhymes, however we can normally offer little definitive proof other than author names and earliest traceable publication dates of the nursery rhymes.

Online List of Lost Lyrics of Old Nursery Rhymes
Online Rhymes Trivia Quiz
The Identity of Mother Goose & her Nursery Rhymes!
Secret History of Nursery Rhymes
The Chapbooks and the Nursery Rhyme
Mother Goose Origins

Note: A Rhymes lyrics and the perceived origins of some Nursery Rhymes vary according to location

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