Three blind mice,
three blind mice,
See how they run,
see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?
origins of the 'tale'!
The origins of the lyrics to this nursery rhyme are in English history. The
'farmer's wife' refers to Queen Mary I, otherwise known as 'Bloody
Mary' the reference to 'farmer's wife' alludes to the massive
farming estates which she possessed and those of her husband,
Philip of Spain. The 'three blind mice' were three noblemen who
were plotting against the Queen - she did not have them
dismembered and blinded as inferred in the rhyme - but she did
have them burnt at the stake!