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Notes On Music
Thu April 4, 2013
Origin Of A Nursery Rhyme
I’m sure we’ve all sung Baa, Baa, Black Sheep thinking it was just a nice children’s nursery rhyme.
However, Katherine Thomas, in her book, The Real Personages of Mother Goose, suggests that the rhyme refers to resentment of the wool tax of 1275, wherein part of the wool would be given to the King, part to the Church, with only the remaining wool left for the seller.