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Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
They all began to sing.
Now, wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the King?
The King was in his countinghouse,
Counting out his money;
The Queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes.
Along there came a big black bird
And snipped off her nose!
Information About Sing a Song of Sixpence
Sing a Song of Sixpence is a renowned English nursery rhyme and dates back to at least the 18th eighteenth century. There is no evidence to the rhyme's definitive origins. The song first appeared in a book named "Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book" published in 1744.
During Tudor times cooks in rich homes would try every possible way to make as many meat dishes as different, colourful and exciting as possible, especially at banquets. It is said that one such dish was a pie filled with live blackbirds and presented at such a banquet for Henry VII and of course when opened the birds flew out singing.
Sing a Song of Sixpence was originally used as a coded message to tell a potential crew that there was a pirate ship in dock.
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Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs
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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!