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Inappropriate Nursery Rhymes

My MIL came down to Singapore from Malaysia recently to spoil Noah rotten for a visit and has been singing all sorts of strange nursery rhymes to Noah. I guess it’s been a while since she last sung them, as she can’t seem to remember the lyrics. I guess that’s where C gets his inability to remember lyrics too!

MIL: Come, let’s sing Humpty Dumpty!

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Could not put Humpty back on the wall

Me: Errr… It’s ‘Couldn’t put Humpty together again’


MIL: Baa Baa black sheep have you any wool? Jack and Jill went up the hill

Me: Huh? Those are two different nursery rhymes!

MIL: Never mind lah. Noah doesn’t know anything much what.

Me: Erm, no, I think you should teach him the right thing. Please sing the whole song properly.

MIL: Baa Baa black sheep have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three black fools

C: What are you singing? Why are you being racist? It’s ‘three bags full’! Not ‘three black fools’!

MIL: Hahaha. No, I sang it correctly!

Us: You didn’t… We both heard you…


Maybe I should have gotten her a CD of nursery rhymes for Christmas. Guess we just have to listen carefully to whatever she sings to Noah now, just in case she teaches him the wrong thing and he gets confused when he’s older.

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