Definition of Sing a Song of Sixpence from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Sing a Song of Sixpence

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an old English children's song, which may refer to the life of Henry VIII. Some people think that the birds in the song represent the Roman Catholic choirs (= groups of singers) after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Most people in Britain know the first verse:
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?