Baby Songs There Was a Crooked Man

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This is one of the most historically based poems. It is actually based on the history of King Charles one which was written in the Stuart history. The person who is referred to as the evil person was believed to be Sir Alexander Leslie. In that period of time, the general of England made an agreement which secured the religious and political freedom of people in Scotland. The crooked man referred to in the poem is believed to have lived between the border of England and Scotland. The poem uses some rhetoric to explain some points. For instance, the ‘crooked stile’ that is referred means that the two people (England and Scotland) lived in a lot of hate but they still coexisted. Ideally, the song refers to a period when there was a lot of hate between England and Scotland.

 

There Was a Crooked Man Lyrics

 

The original version is:

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

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