The dark meaning behind the nursery rhyme ‘It’s Raining It’s Pouring’ is ruining peoples’ childhoods.
Everyone is familiar with the tune we heard and sang countless times when we were younger.
While we always thought it was a pleasant song, it turns out it is actually much darker.
A woman has dissected the lyrics’ ominous undertones in a post on TikTok under the handle @stupidlittlegenius.
“Everyone knows this one, but do you know what it means?” she asks.
The TikToker then begins singing the familiar tune: “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring, he went to bed and bumped his head and couldn’t get up in the morning.”
The TikToker says how that even though it doesn’t describe anyone in particular, the nursery rhyme is a ‘cautionary tale’.
Despite the rhyme describing a downpour, surprisingly she reveals that it actually has nothing to do with the rain.
“In actual fact, the old man liked a good drink and ‘it’s raining and pouring’ refers to the alcoholic drinks being poured very liberally – like it’s raining cocktails and shots,” the woman explains.
She then confirms that the rhyme is actually about a man who has had a few too many to drink.
“After drinking so much that he couldn’t stay awake, he started nodding off and snoring,” she continues.
“So he decided ‘it’s time to sleep it off’. But by this point, he was so inebriated he probably couldn’t even walk in a straight line.
“So when he went to bed he stumbled, fell or otherwise drunkenly bumped his head.
“And that must’ve been some bump because he couldn’t get up in the morning.”
While you’d suspect that the reason he couldn’t get up in the morning was due to a rough hangover. However, it is actually a much more depressing reason.
“Well, he was dead,” the woman concludes.
“That’s right, most experts agree that the man never got up again because he suffered from a major head trauma.” Viewers have taken to the comments to react to the dark meaning.
One person says: “My childhood is officially ruined.”
Another user questions: “Why did my two-year-old self have to sing these nursery rhymes.” “I’m going to pretend this is about the weather,” a third comments.