Monday, September 2, 2013

Sing A Song of Sixpence - A True 1700's Coded Pirate Message - #2 of 30

Sing a song of sixpence
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.

This is a "True Lost Legend", according to Snopes.com. The nursery rhyme, Sing a Song of Sixpence, actually originated in the 1700's as a coded message. It was used by the infamous privateer turned pirate, Blackbeard, and his confederates to recruit crew members for his marauding sailing vessels. Blackbeard's "blackbirds" were offered a day's wage of sixpence and a pocket (about a liter) of rye whiskey in addition to a share of the spoils. It was a good deal since most pirate vessels did not pay a salary and only offered a share of the swag, if and when they were successful. 




Sing a Song of Sixpence


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