One of our favorite nursery rhymes is Pop Goes the Weasel. While the majority of children and adults have heard this song and know it by heart, most people don’t know the history of this funny tune. In fact, when we did a survey to find out who knew what this tune was about, most thought it originated at a sports event. #Nope

This song, which is included in many CD compilations and DVDs with baby music to this day, originated in Britain back in the 1700s. This nursery rhyme started as a music-hall ditty call Pop! Goes the Wesael  as an Old English Dance tune that was performed at Her Majesty's & The Nobilities Balls. It made its way across the ocean in the 1850s. The version that you and your kids love was updated in 1914 and changed to Pop Goes the Weasel.

Some intriguing trivia about this song—the lyrics state “Up and down the city road, in and out the Eagle. That’s the way the money goes. Pop, goes the weasel!" The “eagle” they are referring to is actually the The Eagle Tavern, a pub in Hackney, North London that Charles Dickens was known to frequent. Also interesting is the fact that in cockney slang, “Pop goes the weasel,” is thought to mean “Pawn one’s coat.” Hmm…

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