This video created by Buzzfeed has officially ruined the calming, soft nature of nursery rhymes. It breaks down the historical references in multiple popular nursery rhymes that we all know and love. Within seconds, the viewer realizes that these fun, little songs we sing to children are actually about horrible situations like execution, plague, war, religious persecution, and murder.
It definitely makes you think twice before singing these again.
However, with the creepy factor set aside, it is truly intriguing to see how these songs came about. It is interesting how people of the past have taken such horrible events and turned them into sweet melodies. Language is a very fluid tool–especially when put to music.