[2014] Madison Skye: Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

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[2014] Madison Skye: Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Original VersionPeter, my neeper,Had a wife,And he couidna' keep her,He pat her i' the wa',And lat a' the mice eat her.

"Peter was an unwealthy man who had an unfaithful wife. She kept cheating on him (couldn’t keep her), so he had to find a way to stop her running around. His solution, fairly common in the middle ages, was a chastity belt (pumpkin shell). For those who don’t know, a chastity belt is roughly a pair of metal underwear with lock and key, so that no one could enter the private region of the woman except whoever held the key, usually her husband. And as the rhyme goes, once he put her in that belt, he kept her very well."-http://www.simpletoremember.com/

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Sources(n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://www.mothergooseclub.com/rhymes_parent.php?id=15910 Nursery Rhymes with Dark Origins and Hidden Meanings. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rynBMNnP7810 Nursery Rhymes with Dark Origins and Hidden Meanings. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rynBMNnP78Brainz. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://brainz.org/24-terrifying-thoughtful-and-absurd-nursery-rhymes-children/Origins: Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from https://treasuryislands.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/origins-peter-peter-pumpkin-eater/Origins: Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from https://treasuryislands.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/origins-peter-peter-pumpkin-eater/Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater rhyme. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://www.rhymes.org.uk/peter_peter_pumpkin_eater.htmPeter Peter pumpkin eater: Lyrics. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://www.powerfulwords.info/nursery_rhymes/peter_peter_pumpkin_eater.htmPeter, Peter Pumpkin Eater. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://www.wolverton-mountain.com/articles/peter-peter-pumpkin-eater.htmlTop 10 Children's Rhymes That Have Hidden Meanings - Toptenz.net. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-childrens-rhymes-that-have-hidden-meanings.phpAPA formatting by BibMe.org.

Unlike the majority of nursery rhymes, this is thoroughly of American origin.

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This is the most common interpretation.

One-hundred, two-hundred, three- hundred, four,Who would she attempt to impress?The wolves and the hounds, they howl at her gown,As soon as she steps out the door.But with a long fur coat, mud in her tracks,and walls now brick, not straw,The wolves and the dogs, their egos fell downAnd they gave her a little respect.

"The Tramp"

Continution of Modern Interpretation:Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,Had another and didn't love her;Peter learned to read and spell,And then he loved her very well.


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