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Little Bo Peep Has Misplaced Her Sheep

I was thinking about Little Bo Peep recently. Weren’t you? Little Bo Peep is rather an odd name for a young girl.  I can’t think of anyone I’ve ever met with the name Bo Peep.  Of course, I can’t

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think of any other names that rhyme with sheep either (maybe she should have run geese).  It also struck me that the rhyme could have been a little more precise.  Wouldn’t it have been better to say she misplaced her sheep?  Lost her sheep is a little vague.  Yes, it could mean she misplaced them, but it could also mean she lost them in a poker game (although in this case, she might very well know where to find them).  Digging deeper into the deficiencies of this nursery rhyme, I recalled a recording from  way, way back (I was ten).  Perhaps it was all the political noise of the last several months that made me think of this particular record, for it does have the sound of a stump speech.  Old farts may enjoy it.  For everyone else, it may provide a snappy comeback for when one some old fart says how much better records were back in the day.

Or maybe Bo Peep should run badgers.


8 comments on “Little Bo Peep Has Misplaced Her Sheep

  1. vyvacious
    November 19, 2012

    I think he’s one of the lost sheep… Very interesting voice… Haha


    • Richard Daybell
      November 19, 2012

      One of the lost sheep? Chances are Bo Peep didn’t go looking for him.


  2. melanielynngriffin
    November 19, 2012

    Where on earth did you dig that up? Those were the days. His outburst at the end reminds me of a congressional hearing.


    • Richard Daybell
      November 19, 2012

      Oh yes. Or a preacher in a megachurch. You’d be amazed at the recordings I can dig up (remember).


  3. elroyjones
    November 20, 2012

    People used to be clever AND funny… .


  4. Kenton Lewis
    November 25, 2012

    Started out like LBJ, “Tonight I come to you with a heavy heart.”
    Thanks for digging this out and sharing a part of American humor from the fifties that did not shock a person into naughty laughter. Really this was quite clever. It reminds me of Andy Griffith’s take on football and Anthony, Cleopatra, and Caesar.


  5. First Night Design
    October 5, 2015

    The deficiencies in the nursery rhyme led me to write this: https://firstnightdesign.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/little-bo-peep-a-cautionary-tale/! Much thanks for following FND.


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