Baa Baa Black Sheep

Information About Baa Baa Black Sheep

Little is known about The origins of "Baa Baa Black Sheep" although lots of suggestions have been made, however, there is little evidence to support them.

However, there are some variations of the song. One of which is from The Real Personages of Mother Goose in 1930, this version was said to have been made due to the resentment of the taxation put on wool. This wool tax was placed on the people in 1275 and went on throughout the fifteenth century.

There has also been talk of the rhyme coming from the slave trade throughout the southern United States.

There are two versions of this song. The original, and then the reformed printed version placed throughout nursery rhyme books for children. It is sung to the same tune as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".

The rhyme has been used in numerous books throughout history. It is also shown on television shows and movies throughout the world.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this rhyme and song which leads to a lot of debates on how and why this rhyme came about.

"Baa Baa Black Sheep" is amongst the most popular and widely known nursery rhymes around the world. It is based on an old French melody "Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman" which dates back to 1761. This same tune is used for  "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".

Baa Baa Black Sheep was first published in 1744. It probably dates back to the Middle Ages, possibly to the 13th Century, and relates to a tax imposed by the king on wool. One-third went to the local lord (the 'master'), one-third to the church (referred to as the 'dame') and about a third was for the farmer (the 'little boy who lives down the lane'). Baa Baa Black Sheep was written by Sir Henry Varse VII, but many other people have gotten credit.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Throw in a little white and take out the black with this version

Baa Baa white sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes Sir, Yes Sir, three bags full.

One for my master
and One for my Dame
And one for the little boy with holes in his socks!

This is a version about how God looks after His sheep

Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any fear
No sir, No sir
God is near.

He never slumbers He never sleeps
He is always looking after this little sheep.

If you think there was a white version, here's one with 'pink'

Baa Baa Pink Sheep
Have you andy spots
Yes sir yes sir
Lots and lots
Some on my fingers
And some on my toes
And some on the end of my pink fluffy nose.

This version changes 'wool' to 'cotton'

Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any cotton
No sir, no sir
It's all gone rotten.

None for the master
And none for the dame
And none for the little boy
Who fell down the drain.

A lovely version which teaches good manners

Thank you says the master,
Thank you says the dame,
Thank you says the little boy who lives down the lane.

This is another verse that you can add

One to mend the jerseys
One to mend the socks
And one to mend the holes in
The little girls' frocks.

Listen to this song's music

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Emily, United States

19 September 2013 at 2:26am

Cluk cluk red hen have you any eggs? Yes sir yes sir as many as my legs. 1for your breakfast 1 for your lunch come back tomorrow ill save another bunch....

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Molly, United States

3 February 2013 at 5:14pm

Sometimes at school Kaleb has sang this song and we're in sixth grade! Lol

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Aarti, India

9 December 2012 at 7:00am

very nice

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Maria, Pakistan

1 October 2012 at 5:50pm

plz give the poems with video

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Maegan, Philippines

28 May 2012 at 8:56am

I have been using this website for my online students. And they've found it fun. Great job, Bussongs! Keep giving joy to these children. :)

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Annie-may, United Kingdom

21 April 2012 at 5:32pm

Baa baa black sheep, Have you any head? No Sir, no Sir, I think I might be dead!

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Sibonisiwe, South Africa

5 March 2012 at 8:03am

i like this site it helps a lot

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Rachel, United States

23 January 2012 at 5:30pm

This is very nice song and I like It!

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Diana Yang, Singapore

22 November 2011 at 7:38am

Very good song and lively sung and I like the background pictures. Ideal for all kids to learn and enjoy including parents.

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Pepper, United Kingdom

19 November 2011 at 1:46pm

Sorry Abigail, it's you who is wrong! The original rhyme was printed in UK in 1744 in the 'Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book' and was originally written: Bah, Bah a black Sheep, Have you any wool?, Yes merry have I, Three Bags full, One for my master, One for my Dame, One for the little Boy that lives down the lane. The original tune is what we now use for 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'

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Abigail, United States

6 November 2011 at 10:20pm

it's supposed to be: baa baa black sheep. have u any wool. yes sir. yes sir. three bags full. one for my master. one for my king. and one for the little boy who lives down the lane. baa baa black sheep. have u any wool. yes sir. yes sir. three bags full.

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Harriet, United Kingdom

23 October 2011 at 7:41pm

this is the best song in the world! :)

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Rose Antoneth, Philippines

14 June 2011 at 3:13am

It so nice

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Muhib Faheem Saeed, Canada

29 May 2011 at 10:56pm

i like it

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Retchie, Philippines

11 May 2011 at 9:46am

It's a good song for students who are beginners thanks for this site.

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Kaimana, United States Minor Outlying Islands

22 March 2011 at 9:14pm

I am from Hawaii and I like this song.

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Nicole, United States

22 March 2011 at 9:12pm

This is a wonderful song!

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Rachel, Australia

3 March 2011 at 5:44am

I thought there was a bit more to the song :- thank you said the master, thank you said the dame, thank you said the little boy who lives down the lane

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Lisa, Australia

25 February 2011 at 4:28am

We used to sing baa baa green cows it goes baa baa green cows have you any eggs no sir no sir buckets and pegs none for the dish none for the spoon none for the little boy who jumped over the moon

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Hanna, Belarus

25 January 2011 at 10:41pm

One of the first songs we've learned during our English classes... So sweet... This site is like a gift from childhood.

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