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 parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!
Lovely lyric to this children's action nursery rhyme. The rye was
purchased for sixpence to attract birds. Blackbirds, and other
song birds, were actually eaten as a delicacy! However a court
jester may well have suggested to the court cook to bake a pie
crust and place this over some blackbirds to surprise and amuse
the King! It would not be unreasonable for the blackbirds to look
for revenge hence "When down came a blackbird
and pecked off her nose!" Children love the action in this nursery rhyme
of tweaking their nose!