Baa Baa Black Sheep – Traditional Nursery Rhyme

Baa Baa Black Sheep – Modern Version

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

Baa Baa Black Sheep – Original Version

Bah, Bah, a black Sheep,
Have you any Wool?
Yes merry I Have,
Three Bags full,
Two for my Master,
One for my Dame,
None for the Little Boy
That cries in the lane.

History – Origin – Meaning

“Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” is a traditional English nursery rhyme and the earliest surviving version dates from 1731. As can be seen there is very little change in the modern version during the subsequent centuries.

There is no known definitive meaning for this rhyme. Theories such as it’s about a complaint against Medieval English taxes on wool, or about the slave trade have been put forward.