Baa Baa Black Sheep


Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, 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.

History

This rhyme was first published in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book in 1744; the earliest collection of nursery rhymes in existence.
It is sung to the same tune as “A, B, C, D, E, F, G” which in turn is from a French tune (“Ah vous dirai je”) .