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Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me

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There is a truly historical dimension behind the songs in this category going back many centuries. Here you will find lyrics, sound samples and historical articles about the origin of all songs included in the category. For more information about the history of traditional nursery rhymes please see the category Rock The Kings dealing with nursery rhymes which are related to English Kings and Queens.

Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me

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Shoo fly, don’t bother me,
Shoo fly, don’t bother me,
Shoo fly, don’t bother me,
Cos’ I belong to somebody.

Words & Music: Traditional
Arrangement: Ian J Watts/Mike Wilbury

Meaning of Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me

There are theories that the song refers to a threatining background. Flies were considered to carry over diseases like Black Death. Today we suppose that Black Death was carried over by rats, favoured by general absence of hygiene. So the flies are rehabilitated but still not loved by everyone.

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