14. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Jack and Jill

Lyrics: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, marry, have I,
Three bags full;

One for my master,
One for my dame,
But none for the little boy
Who cries in the lane.

Song

The rhyme is usually sung to a variant of the 1761 French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, which is also used for “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and the “Alphabet song”.

There is a suggestion that the rhyme referred to resentment at the heavy taxation on wool in the medieval times.