There was a crooked man
and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat,
which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together
in a little crooked house
origins and lyrics of the Nursery rhyme in British history
The content and lyrics of this nursery rhyme have a basis in history.
The origins of this nursery rhyme originating from the English
Stuart history of King Charles 1. The crooked man is reputed to be General Sir Alexander Leslie of Scotland. The General is one of
those who signed the Covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland.
The 'crooked stile' being the border between England and Scotland.
'They all lived together in a little crooked house' refers to the fact that the
English and Scots had come to an agreement. The lyrics reflect the times of old England with reference
to the animosity between the English and the Scots. The word crooked is pronounced as 'crookED' the
emphasis being placed upon the 'ED' in the word. This was
common in olde England and many references can be found in this
type of pronunciation in the works of William Shakespeare.