"Sing a Song of Sixpence" is a well-known English nursery rhyme, perhaps originating in the 18th century. It is also listed in the Roud Folk Song Index as number 13191.
A common modern version is:
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?
Sara in upstate NY was first, and correct, with:
I believe there are 'four and twenty'.
Four and twenty blackbirds were baked into a pie. When the pie was opened the birds began to sing/Wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the King?
A poor job of baking, as I see it.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Four and twenty blackbirds.
Lois Of Oregon said:
OMG it's 24 again! I got nothin'. Leaving for Corvallis now to help my son move AGAIN. Pray for me.
Two and Twenty?
Did this also have anything to do with people who had to eat crow?
John I from Hawai'i says,
My guess is they added a less than savory bit to the sauce
There were Four and Twenty black birds baked in that pie.
4 and 20 = 24
Four and Twenty
24 ~ Sing a song of sixpence, / A pocket full of rye, / Four and twenty blackbirds / Baked in a pie.
Joe S answered:
Oh boy, more math. Well I just happen to know the answer, it's four and twenty. But wait! It's not all math, here's some history.
Way back when, did you know that they would actually put birds in a pie as a great joke or form of entertainment? How in the world did they do this? In medieval times the way they made pie crusts was a little different than in present time. The crust was thick, and could be baked first, and would rise forming a pot, hence the term "pot pie." The lid would be removed from the pie, and the birds would then be set inside, the lid put back on, and then this wildly entertaining dish placed before the host of the party. So these birds were not actually cooked in the pie.
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