Top 10 children’s songs with creepy lyrics

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Children's songs are usually innocent and squeaky clean, but there are some with creepy lyrics which will make you wonder how they are even suitable for kids in the first place!

Have you ever heard your kids singing a children’s song and thought to yourself, “What on earth did they just say??”. As parents we assume that all kiddy songs are squeaky clean and innocent, but if you really read the lyrics carefully, what you discover just may make you wonder what the songwriters were thinking when they came up with such disturbing stuff for children’s ears!

Here is our countdown to the top 10 children’s songs with creepy lyrics:


1o. Rockabye Baby

Creepy lyrics: “If the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all”.

Why would somebody put their baby up in a tree? What if no one catches the falling cradle in time? How is this a soothing lullaby when all the child can imagine is a baby falling out of a tree and hurting themselves? Such a scary thought!


9. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Creepy lyrics: “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, I don’t know why she swallowed a fly, perhaps she’ll die!”.

We wouldn’t recommend kids to be eating bugs anyway, but this straight-forward message about how this old woman will die for consuming a fly is a bit extreme. Plus, this children’s song ends off with her eating a horse and “she died, of course!”. Lovely (not!).


8. Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home

Creepy lyrics: “Your house is on fire and your children are gone”.

The poor little ladybug’s house is burning and her “children are gone”?? What happened to them? Did they perish in the fire? How is this a fun children’s song for little kids to sing along to? If you ask us, it’s pretty traumatising actually! Sorry for your loss, Mummy Ladybug.


7. There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe

Creepy lyrics: “She gave them some soup without any bread, then she whipped them all soundly and put them to bed”.

So this woman who has “so many children, she doesn’t know what to do”, feels that it’s fine to just whip them after a measly dinner for no apparent reason and send them off to bed? Wow. We guess she probably won’t be receiving the Mother of the Year award any time soon.


6. Jack And Jill

Creepy lyrics: “Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after”.

Jack and his sister Jill are sent to fetch some water from the well which is for some reason right at the very top of a hill.

He then falls down and cracks his head open, with Jill following right behind him. Jack later has to recuperate in bed with only some vinegar and brown paper to mend his injuries. We sure hope he gets well soon!

Are you ready for the final five children’s songs with creepy lyrics? Go to the next page to listen to them!

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