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Georgie Porgie

A traditional nursery rhyme for children.

Georgie is only kissing girls when he finds them alone, but he's afraid of other boys kicking him for doing so.

Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry;
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

This song is from the 1850's or older. There are various theories that link the character Georgie Porgie to historical figures including George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592-1628), Charles II (1630-1685) and George I (1660-1727), but there is no evidence to corroborate such claims.

There is a further theory, equally unsubstantiated, but traditional in families which supported the Stuart line to the throne. That this is an old Jacobite rhyme and that it relates to the 1745 rebellion (of mainly Scots). In this account, the rhyme relates to King George II, who, as the Jacobite army headed further and further south ("When the boys came out to play"), fled England for the safety of Europe ("Georgie Porgie ran away"). Similarly, the convention of using "ie" instead of "y" or "ey" at the end of words, is prevalent in Scotland.

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