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Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep

“Baa Baa Black Sheep” is actually one of the most popular nursery rhymes of all time! The earliest publication date for the “Baa, baa black sheep” rhyme or poem is dated 1744. Like “Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star” or the “Alphabet song”, the English version of “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” has its origin in an old French song from 1761 Ah, vous dirai-je, maman! By Louis Le Maire, sharing the same tune.

The wool industry was critical to the country’s economy from the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century so it is therefore not surprising that it is celebrated in the Baa Baa Black Sheep Nursery Rhyme. Although in the past the “Baa-Baa Black Sheep” rhyme was related to the Middle’s Ages wool industry and festivity, today its purpose is more an educational one, the children being able not only to learn about life in the countryside but also to imitate the sound made by sheep.

“Baa Baa Black Sheep” Lyrics

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane

 

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” Original Lyrics

 

Bah, Bah a black Sheep,
Have you any Wool?
Yes merry have I,
Three Bags full,
One for my master,
One for my Dame,
One for the little Boy
That lives down the lane.