Baa Baa Black Sheep

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Baa baa black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir,

Three bags full:

One for the master,

One for the dame,

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane.

Fun History

Many nursery rhyme lyrics were written so that adults could talk about or make fun of politics or leaders of the time.

If people were caught talking bad about a king or queen or the laws that they made, that person could be thrown in jail or even executed! So instead they would make up silly rhymes, kind of like speaking in code.

Some say that this Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme was about British taxation and having to give a bit of their wool (money) to the master and the dame and then not having much left to keep for themselves.

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