Baa Baa Black Sheep have you any wool is an English nursery rhyme, the earliest surviving version of which dates from 1731. The words have changed little in two and a half centuries. It is sung to a variant of the 1761 French melody Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman. Uncorroborated theories have been advanced to explain the meaning of the rhyme. These include that it is a complaint against Medieval English taxes on wool and that it is about the slave trade. In the twentieth century it was a subject of controversies in debates about political correctness. It has been used in literature and popular culture as a metaphor and allusion. The Roud Folk Song Index, classifies the lyrics and their variations as number 4439.
Baa Baa Black Sheep,
Have You Any Wool,
Yes Sir Yes Sir Three Bags Full.
One For My Master,
One For The Dame,
One For The Little Boy Who Lives Down The Lane