Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hot Cross Buns

With Easter here it got me thinking about that Hot Cross Buns song, which goes:

Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns. If you have no daughters, give them to your sons, one a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns.

Two things have always really annoyed me about it. Firstly is someone is selling hot cross buns for one a penny, who the hell is buying them when you can get two for a penny? And how can they justify charging double? It just seems strange unless the people selling one for a penny was a fancy bakery and the one selling two for a penny was a cheap Vietnamese one. I don’t think they had Vietnamese bakeries back when they wrote the song so it just seems like a really poor value proposition.

The more disturbing line though is the one about only giving hot cross buns to your sons in the event you have no daughters. I’d feel bloody ripped off if mum came home with a bag of hot cross buns and only gave them to my sister. Such blatant discrimination in song form should not be encorouged.

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