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Baa Baa Black Sheep - Chords, Lyrics and Origins

Origins

Baa Baa Black Sheep is an English nursery rhyme.  It is included in the Roud Folk Song Index, and was first written down in the early eighteenth century, though its origins could be much older.  In recent years, there has been some sensitivity over the use of the word ‘black’ because of its racial connotations.  However, it is possible that wool from black sheep might be seen as more valuable than that from regular sheep.

Chords

C
Baa, baa, black sheep,

F                    C
Have you any wool?
       
F          C

Yes sir, yes sir,

G7             C
Three bags full;



C                F
One for the master,

        C               G7
And one for the dame,
       
        C                F

And one for the little boy

         C      G7          C
Who lives down the lane.

Lyrics

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full;


One for the master,
And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

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