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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep is a nursery rhyme, now sung to a variant of the 1761 French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman. The original form of the tune is used for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the Alphabet song.



Standard version

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.


In Mother Goose’s Melody (circa 1765) the last lines run:

But none for the little boy
Who cries in the lane.[1]

An old variant of the ending runs:

Two for the master,
one for the dame,
but none for the little boy
who lives down the lane.

June 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment