50. Sing a Song


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 parlor eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!

It appears that during the Medieval Times practical jokes were much appreciated! The cook in the service of a wealthy knight would sometimes put small live birds, under the crust of the pie, he served to the guests!

When the pie was opened and the live birds emerged, the gathering had a hilarious laugh. The cook had another pie ready to be served to the guests, as soon as the birds were released!

The other interesting reference is to the King in his counting house counting money and the Queen in her parlor eating bread and honey.

It reflects the common man’s concept of the royalty who could indulge in money and honey, which were beyond his wildest dreams!

Visalakshi Ramani

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