July 29, 2019

Baa Baa Black Sheep, is an English version of nursery rhymes. The words and melody were first published together by A. H. Rosewig in Philadelphia in 1879.
The rhyme begins with a question that is asking the black sheep whether he or she has any wool.
In answer sheep says, yes sir three bags full of wool. The one bag is for master…meaning the king and the one bag is for the Dame…meaning the church. The remaining bag is the one for the little boy that lives down the lane…meaning the sheepherder who raised the sheep for the production of the wool. In reality, the first two bags were the taxes to be paid to the king and the church. They were taxing 66% back in those times.

Baa Baa Black Sheep Rhymes Video Song and Lyrics

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Baa baa black 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
That lives down the lane

Baa baa blue 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
That lives down the lane

Baa baa pink 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
That lives down the lane

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
That lives down the lane

The ABC Song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star also have same melody, these are all variations of a 1761 French melody called Ah vous dirais-je, Maman by Bouin.