July 17th – It’s raining, it’s pouring

The Cause

You’ve probably guessed by now that we’ve had a wet week here in Sydney. It’s fitting the fadeout in Supertramp’s “It’s raining again” is the age-old nursery rhyme “It’s raining, it’s pouring”.

It’s the perfect segue for this post.

And so to another black and white photo. I was going to process this in colour, but quite simply there wasn’t any today – the only colour annoying red fridge in the background.

As for the nursery rhyme, it’s fairly self explanatory. Or so I thought?

It’s raining, it’s pouring – simple enough. The Old man is snoring – Tick.

But then interpretations vary.

I’ve grown up with “He went to bed, and he bumped his head“. Got a whack to the head, after going to bed. Strange, but who’s to argue?

One site suggests that the rhyme serves as a warning up until your last step.

But there’s a variation that I’ve come across which references the Little Ice Age – a centuries-long wet period with 3 significant cold spells that gripped much of medieval Europe and UK. It reverses the words in line 3 of the verse to read “He banged his head and went to bed“, relating to the state of the land being difficult underfoot.

All versions agree that “He couldn’t get up in the morning“.

Yep, we’re dealing with the big issues here at Dan’s Daily Photo.


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