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Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.


This song was printed to assist kids connect wool with the creature that produces it, and also the noise that a sheep would make. Baa Baa Black Sheep was first published in 1744. It almost certainly dates back to the Middle Ages, perhaps to the 13th Century, and relates to a tax forced by the king on wool. One-third went to the local noble (the 'master'), one-third to the cathedral (referred to as the 'dame') and approximately a third was for the farmer (the 'little boy who lives down the lane').