There was a Crooked Man
There was a crooked manAnd what is a stile? ...an arrangement of steps allowing people but not animals to climb over a fence or wall... This rhyme apparently originates from the time of Charles 1 and the
crooked man is commonly supposed to be General Sir Alexander Leslie of Scotland. The General is one of those who signed the Covenant which secured religious and political freedom for Scotland. The 'crooked sixpence' being Charles 1 and the 'crooked stile' being
the England/Scotland border. 'They all lived together in a little crooked house' refers to the fact that the English and Scots had come to an agreement.
http://nurseryrhymes.allinfoabout.com/crooked_man.htmlMidi: There Was a Crooked Man
Who walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence
Beside a crooked
He bought a crooked cat
Which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together
In a crooked little house.