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Georgie Porgie kissed girls and made them cry

Georgie Porgie is one of those rhymes that are well-known for being naughty. This naughtiness, however, has led to multiple versions and interpretations of the rhyme.

The strongest story that goes well with this rhyme is that of a Prince Regent, George IV. It is said that George was a man of great consequence. He is said to have weighed almost 17 and a half stone (111 kg) and had a waist that was 50 inches wide. He is believed to have worn a corset all his life. Despite his physical appearance, he was a man who apparently had a way with ladies. Historical account details that George fell in love with a commoner, married her secretly, and went on to wed a duchess whom he despised. At his coronation, he even banned her presence. This habit gave him a string of illegitimate children and a poor reputation as a man of nobility. The line, "Kissed the girls and made them cry", refers to this act.

The lyrics of the rhyme were set to music by James William Elliot Image source: wikimedia commons

Another George, George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, according to one legend, courted the Queen of France, using his influence as a man of the royal court. Alexandre Dumas documents this affair in The Three Musketeers.

The line that alludes to George being someone who ran away when the boys came out to play is a testament to his lethargic qualities. He was, quite obviously, not a man who excelled in sports. When other boys played, he was up to his neck in seeking pleasure.

Apart from this rather sketchy history, as a children's rhyme, the mention of Georgie Porgie as someone who kisses girls elicits the occasional giggle or two from those who sing it.

Keywords: Rhyme, Nobility, Affairs, Three Musketeers, Royalty


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