100 thoughts on “10 Terrifying Origin Stories Behind Popular Children’s Songs

  • March 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    Love your video's nothing is as innocent expect your video's which are brilliant

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  • January 18, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    London Bridge is falling down was is also from the Fire of London. Where the bridge fell

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  • January 19, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    Yeah, jews were in bed on sunday……..because the jewish sabbath day is not sunday

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  • January 19, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    I love watching your videos but wonder why the song one little two little three little Indians wasn't included, because soldiers would tell Indian children to run as they used them for target practice

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    Skin in bones

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  • January 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    I remember Frère Jacque, My grandmother taught it to me. She had to flee France before Hitler invaded. The song goes like this. Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques,

    Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?

    Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!

    Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

    In english the words mean Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?

    Brother John, Brother John,

    Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing!

    Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong. I also remember the other ones, just a bit old, to be on this page:)

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  • January 21, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    Look at the views

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  • January 26, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    Now I wanna write a new crazy kids song to sing 😂

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  • January 28, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    Childhood ruined, what else to say..😧

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  • January 30, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    There goes my child hood

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  • January 31, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    Rock a bye baby could also be about. Apaches:
    if the baby was not normal. They would put the babies in baskets in a tree, then leave the baby to die. Story is from an Apache.

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  • February 3, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    I am a big fan

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  • February 6, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    I new about ring around the rosie

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  • February 12, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    My friend told me what ring around the rosie was actually about and its dark meaning

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  • February 14, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    Little bunny foo foo video is disturbing because my 4 yr old sister learned this song in kinder…..and what in the video is …..WOW!

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  • February 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    There goes my childhood

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  • February 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    Well my childhood is rewend.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    The story I heard about London bridge was that 10 of the workers who built the bridge were buried inside the bridge to prevent it from being destroyed

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  • February 19, 2019 at 10:21 am
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    Matthew Santoro is life.

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  • February 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    No. 1, speaking of immurement, it brings to mind the song The Highwayman as sung by Willie Nelson, the late Johnny Cash & 2 other famous country western singers. The 3rd verse speaks of the Dambuilders who built Hoover Dam, many died from falling from great heights and being swallowed up by the wet concrete. Hows THAT for immurement eh?

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  • March 14, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    I've never heard the song Jimmy Crack Corn

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  • March 14, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    Well done Britain, you darn fudged up. I jest, I love our dark, distributing history (:

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  • March 16, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    What about baba black sheep

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  • March 16, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    my childhood is a lie.

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  • March 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    That's not London Bridge at 10:05. It's Tower Bridge in London. People get this wrong all the time!!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    Crazy!

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  • March 28, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    I still have a birth mark from my past life when I died of the black death..

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  • April 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    Fun fact:Did you know that Lucy Locket lost her pocket was actually about prostitution

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  • April 6, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    Ashes to ashes? In ring around the Rosie? Never heard that version… The version I grew up with was "ring around the Rosie, a pocket full of poseys, a tissue, a tissue, we all fall down" the tissue part indicating the spread of the plague through either coughing or sneezing, can't remember which.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 3:49 am
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    In ring around the Rosie, the pocket full of posies means the dead people wouldn't smell good so they would put posies in their pockets. So yeah…….

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  • April 11, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    It's hard to believe they used to send children to prison if their mother committed a crime.

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  • April 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    Why isn’t eenie meenie miny moe on the list?

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  • May 2, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    Now I know why I'm so messed up…thanks mom lol. Maybe Marilyn Manson should make some children songs. He wouldn't have to sing them…just write them and have some kids sing it.

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  • May 15, 2019 at 5:14 am
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    The London bridge got me 😨😨😨

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  • May 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Dear Matt. I'm not sure you're aware of this but that might be true however it was Catholics that came up with Sunday is the day of religion it was never Sunday it was Saturday as far back in Hebrew as you can go you will find the original Sabbath is Saturday so while everybody else was out playing and acting a fool and getting drunk the Jewish people we're worshipping God on the correct day. I just felt like somebody needed to say that. love your videos

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  • May 26, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    I know this is old but does anyone know the name of the background music it sounds familiar and I want to hear it

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  • May 26, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    I loved these as a kid in the early 1980's…They are ONLY hated now because of their unbiased truths…
    I especially love Goosey Goosey Gander

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  • May 26, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    Ya, did you know that most of your list. Is found in a 1993 book called Extraordinary origins of ordinarily things? Ya, i had that book when i was 14. Cannot find another copy though.

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  • May 28, 2019 at 2:46 am
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    I really love the the videos you really need to show more v

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  • May 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    The pocket full of posies reference is not a way to ward of the disease. People of the time carried posies in their pockets to smell as a way to deal with the stench of dead decaying and burning bodies.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    My family say "ring around the rosie a. Pocket ful of posies atishoo atishoo they all fall down. Fishes in the water fishes in the sea. We all jump up with a one two three!"

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    What about rain go away mabey it was sing by a child in a hurricane who died 💀
    Or maybe it's just me because the game the observer made the song sound like ring around the rosey 😱

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  • June 7, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    It's almost like every single classic nursery rhyme or children's song is actually about something really fcked up lmao like who thought this was a good idea?

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  • June 7, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    I actually learned about the Ring Around the Rosy one in like 6th or 7th grade lol I figured that one would be on here

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  • June 7, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    "Here we go round the mulberry bush"..? I thought it was "all around the mulberry bush".

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  • June 12, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    Great video. My father used to sing Jimmy Crack Corn and Bigrock Candy Mountain. I haven't the heart to tell him their dark origins. 🙂

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  • June 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    I prefer how you talked on other previous videos😢😒 it's exciting

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  • June 15, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    I've never liked Rock-a-bye Baby. It should terrify babies! 🤔🤪

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  • June 17, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Baa baa black sheep is about England’s demand for wool that becomes so expensive the sharp reds can’t afford wool for clothing. The master was wool given to the king, the dame was the church.
    In the original version there was none for the boy down the lane due to the supply and demand of wool at the time before cotton.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    I was kinda disappointed that eine meany miney moe wasn't on this list. It's about black slaves and being able to do whatever u like with them. Ever wondered what a tigger was…. replace the t with an n … now see the song and it's meaning. It was sang with the n word in it at schools in the 50s and 60s.

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  • June 21, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    Imagine these children songs along with the Grimm brother Disney original stories. That would be epic

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  • June 22, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    I am familiar with most of these origins stories but not all, so thanx Matt 🙂

    Humpty Dumpty was originally an early type of mortar cannon popular in Oliver Cromwell's era. Dunno if you covered that as haven't seen it all yet. Keep up the good work Mr Santoro. You are one of my favourite content creators along with Rob Dyke (Now Gavagan)

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  • June 28, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    Yo man this is crazy we need to boycott these songs because millions of kids know these songs this is why its so much death 😔🙏🏿😣‼️

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  • July 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    I love your videos your really good at them I'M not going to lie!!!!!!!

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  • July 21, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    Ring around the rosie (the ring around the pustule), pocket full of posie (to ward off plague and the stench of death), the other line can also be Atchoo Atchoo (people would go into sneezing fits before dying)

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  • July 22, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    Fun fact the first picture Matthew showed for ring around the Rosie was a picture 3:48 of the Barmaley Fountain. It is a fountain of children dancing around a crocodile if you want to know more just comment for the origins of this fountain

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  • July 24, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    I feel so bad for playing London bridge and ring around the rosie

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  • July 30, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    I…..i sang all of these songs….my childhood is ruined….

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    I'm Jewish and I'm so sick of people calling me lazy!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:16 am
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    I do like that song on All- That when Lori Beth sings it lol

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    Toys r us more like toys were us

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    Ba ha blast more like ba ha up my a**

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    Sorry had to

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  • August 6, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    For ring around the rosies. The two versions I know are the one you mentioned with “we all fall down” but I also know one that states “we all fall dead” which is less than subtle.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:33 am
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    Childhood ruined.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    #0: Baby Shark

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  • August 24, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    Why in the hell were we taught these damn songs?!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    I’m new so I subscribed and I like ring a round a Rosie so much but haunted I gonna sing creppy of this song ring a round Rosie poket full of posie ashes ashes WE ALL DIE (sorry some of them are different)

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  • August 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    I am Arabic and I talk English but when I was little I didn’t hear any of the English nursery rhymes i only listen Arabic kids song

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  • August 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    what about "mary, mary, quite contrary"?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    Knew the origin of and meaning of them all except Jimmy Crack Corn, That one i'd never heard off.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:40 am
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    How about The Crooked Man

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    I dont even know most of these songs 😂

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  • September 26, 2019 at 12:50 am
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    Ashes ashes we all fall down

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  • September 27, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    Where the blue birds and the lemonade Springs in the big Rock candy mountin

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  • September 29, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Oh my little six pence my pretty little six pence I love my six pence better than my life!!!!

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  • October 2, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    Thank you childhood ruined

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  • October 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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    I am from Liverpool, we called it Ringa ringa Roses.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    😧

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  • October 19, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    THANK YOU FOR ROANING MY 8 YEAR CHILDHOOD

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  • October 19, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    Anybody her also from England used to remember their mother sing them “wee willy winky” that used to scare me so bad as a kid

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  • October 23, 2019 at 1:16 am
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    And to think that they put an explicit warning on the album of pantera and slipknot

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  • October 26, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Matthew: Big rock candy mountain
    Me: :<
    Also me: searches up original version
    Also also me: starts making sounds unknown to mankind

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  • October 29, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    You don't decimate a third of a population. You decimate — kill off 10% of the population, or kill of one-third of it, not both. In fact, the Black Death killed about one-third of the population of Europe, not a mere tenth.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    7:23 "HOBOS" I laughed so loud!😖😄 That wasn't expected. 😳

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  • October 30, 2019 at 3:38 am
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    "Almost as if a mad court jester himself wrote the lyrics"
    Huh, so jevil wrote this?

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  • November 6, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    No 9 no wonder why Sunako chan (in The wallflower anime) sang it and everyone around her is being creeped out

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  • November 13, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    Pocket full of posies was meant for the flowers to cover up the smell of death on the infected

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  • November 15, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    We need part 2!!!

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  • November 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    Damn. I thought "Jimmy Cracked Corn" was about farting.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    Wth why do parents let their children sing these I would never

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  • November 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Was Marry Funky Cold?

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  • November 27, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    Actually the first time "Ring around the Rosie" was in print was in Mother Goose in 1881. If they were saying the same exact words in middle and modern English (nevermind all the other versions of it) where no one thought to write it down before the 19th century is highly implausible.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 6:31 am
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    #7, Ring Around the Rosie,
    Is incorrect. Pocket full of posies was because your body would become full of infection and stink. The posies were a strong smelling weed like flower in your pockets to hide the smell.
    Ashes, ashes, we all fall down meant, that once you've died your body would be burned to keep the death from spreading.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    Anyone else want part 2????

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  • November 30, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    Where was Mary Mary quite contrary?

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  • December 4, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    Jimmy crack corn is my favorite song😈

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  • December 10, 2019 at 5:50 am
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    Now my chilhood songs are ruined,But keep up the great work on the vids!

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  • December 11, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    I think this video will make me not want to listen to children songs. Awesome videos on all topics.

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