"A Nursery Rhyme,
the first step to
your children's education"
Sing a song of sixpence lyrics
(Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie)
Action Nursery Rhyme
Lovely lyric to this children's action nursery rhyme. The rye was purchased for sixpence to attract birds. Blackbirds, and other song birds, were actually eaten as a delicacy! However a court jester may well have suggested to the court cook to bake a pie crust and place this over some blackbirds to surprise and amuse the King! It would not be unreasonable for the blackbirds to look for revenge hence "When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!" Children love the action in this nursery rhyme of tweaking their nose!
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,
Oh 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 the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!
Sing a song of sixpence (blackbirds in a pie) lyrics
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