baa baa rainbow sheep

Here's my new hobby: coming up with alternative — and representatively inclusive — verses of Baa Baa Black Sheep.

It all started when I learnt the lyrics to the second verse.1 Instead of the master, the dame and the little boy who lives down the lane, the second verse I learnt was about the jumpers, the frocks, and the little girl with holes in her socks.

Only in singing it for Squawk, I kinda messed up and said socks where I was supposed to say frocks. Oops.

Luckily, toddlers don't care about lyrical tangles, they just want the tune to continue, so continue I did, and what I came up with was this:

One for the jumpers, one for the socks,
And one for the little boy who likes to wear frocks.

Ahhh, inclusivity. That's what we like around these parts.2

Time to come up with more!

  1. I'm sure there's plenty of verses out there. I remember a verse about a white sheep and have you any cotton, once upon a time. []
  2. Because the second verse now features a boy, I've changed the first verse for Squawk to be about the little girl who likes to fly planes and/or drive trains, depending on my mood. []

2 thoughts on “baa baa rainbow sheep

  1. Too funny! We sing Yellow Submarine and Frosty the Snowman with various verses, eg. for Frosty the Snowman – "Silver's a baby, he's a lovely little chap. He doesn't like to take a nap. And he has some craddle cap."

    Your blog continues to inspire me to write while running after a very active baby.


    1. Glad to see the singing verses to keep yourself sane applies to more parents than just me! Also glad to see Squawk isn't the only baby who doesn't like to take a nap. Well, not glad, but you know what I mean 😉

      Can't say that Squawk is particularly active, though. I reckon that's three quarters of her problem. And yet I still feel like I've spent all day running once she's done with me. I wish I could write more!

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