Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Commons

Don't you just love old English nursery rhymes? Scratch the surface and you'll often find a truth.

Here's one about The Commons:

They hang the man and flog the woman
that steal the goose from off the common,
but let the greater villain loose
that steals the common from the goose.

The law demands that we atone
when we take things we do not own,
but leaves the lords and ladies fine
Who take things that are yours and mine.

They hang the man and flog the woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
And geese will still a common lack
Till they go and steal it back.

English Nursery Rhyme c. 1764

And here's a more modern form with David Rovics - The Commons