Fee Fi Fo Fum

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Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!
I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he 'live, or be he dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

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Information About Fee Fi Fo Fum

Fee fi fo fum is the first line of a historical quatrain most famous for its use in the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. The song is also spelled as "Fee Fie Foh Fum".

Although the phrase "fee fi fo fum" has no meaning whatsoever, the rest of the rhyme is spoken by the giant to Jack in the fairytale. "I smell the blood of an Englishman, be he alive or dead", can be interpreted to mean that the giant wanted to eat Jack.

The rhyme has also been referenced in William Shakespeare's King Lear, through the character of Edgar.

There have been several renditions of the rhyme over time, with a famous one written by Joseph Jacobs.

The rhyme is arranged in a tetra metric format and has made use of assonant half-rhymes.

This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.

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