Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo: Racist Nursery Rhymes You Didn’t Know You Were Learning

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Little Monkeys

Did you ever sing “five little monkeys jumping on the bed/one fell off and bumped his head?” Well those lyrics used to be “five little niggers” lying in the bed. For some reason they thought changing it to “monkeys” was better.

These are the original lyrics recorded in American Ballads and Folk Songs:

Two little Niggers lyin’ in bed/
One of ‘em sick an’ de odder mos’ dead/
Call for de doctor an’ de doctor said/
Feed dem darkies on short’nin bread/
Mammy’s little baby loves short’nin short’nin/
Mammy’s little baby loves short’nin bread

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