This little Piggy went to market, this little Piggy stayed at home ....

by Charles Stirton July. 16, 2007 63574 views

The Secret History of the Nursery Rhyme

Many of the origins of the humble nursery rhyme [] are believed to be associated with, or reflect, actual events in history. The secret meanings of the Nursery Rhyme have been lost over time. A nursery rhyme was often used to parody the royal and political events and people of the day. The humble Rhyme was used as a seemingly innocent vehicle to quickly spread subversive messages!

The Little Piggy Nursery Rhyme:This little piggy went to market

The words for “This little piggy” nursery rhyme are sung to small children in the English-speaking world. It is an action poem where the narrator twiddles each one of the child's toes in turn. On the singing of the last line in the rhyme the narrator tickles the child by pinching the toe and then running fingers all the way up to the armpit and tickling there. This rhyme is extremely popular which ensures that it will be passed from generation to generation. It has been passed down three generations of my family but I bet none of us know its origins or meaning. It is however a great bonding poem between parent and child. My daughter loved this rhyme when she was tiny, laughing her head off and shouting more in Czech.

The first publication date for the words and lyrics for this nursery rhyme was in 1728.

This little piggy went to market

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went…
“Wee wee wee” all the way home…

An alternative version is:

This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
But this little piggy,
Was a naughty little piggy,
And he ran all the way home.

Were you ever sung this nursery rhyme?

1. Sculpture in Margaret's Buildings Alley Bath England

2. "Can I not also go to market please?"

3. "Please tickle my nose"

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Zajä…C 12 years, 8 months ago

super =)

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Cherax 12 years, 8 months ago

We love the anticipation in this rhyme

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Carley 12 years, 8 months ago

5 generations of my family that I know of have enjoyed this game....
Love the last shot!

12 years, 8 months ago Edited
Magpy 12 years, 8 months ago

lovely angle on the last!

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David Cardona 12 years, 8 months ago

Very nice. Well done!

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Lisa 12 years, 8 months ago

My [b]7[/b] year old niece still has her grandma sing it to her whenever she's with her! Your post reminded me of her giggles! Poor piggy to be chained like that. But I can understand why. He's too cute and someone might take him all the way home. :)

12 years, 8 months ago Edited
Charles Stirton 12 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for your comments all. I like to intersperse a bit of humour with the more serious stuff. The world being what it is the poor little piggy will be 'walked' away by the unscrupulous so the owner has had to 'chain' it to its duty. [b]It[/b], because I do not know its sex. The artist obviously had problems with those details.

12 years, 8 months ago Edited
Silke 12 years, 8 months ago

Unclose the lead!
Believe me - it won`t run away!!!

12 years, 8 months ago Edited
Gary 12 years, 8 months ago

love this title...

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Hedwiga 12 years, 8 months ago

Our Englich teacher told us about this Nursery Rhyme during our lessons> Nice pics!

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