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Sweet Fanny Adams

Twas in eighteen sixty seven 
The little girl was killed
Frederick baker wrote in his diary
"today I killed a little girl"
Her name was Fanny Adams
was just only eight years old.
Not all her body parts were found. 
About this time the Royal Navy
We're fed cheap meat in tins
Thinks maybe Fanny Adams they ate

Had a joke amongst themselves
What's this then, they asked of the mess
Sweet Fanny Adams came the reply.

That's how the saying
Sweet Fanny Adams come about 
meaning nothing of worth.

Baker was hanged on Christmas Eve


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  1. Date: 5/5/2015 1:06:00 PM

    Fascinating story.. I didn't know that. I'll never think of sweet fanny the same...
  1. Date: 5/5/2015 12:49:00 PM

    Oh wow Seren I have heard the phrase so many times - never knew the story - how tragic! hugs Jan xx 7 xx
  1. Date: 5/5/2015 8:15:00 AM

    A personal and private summation of a little girl's tragic death at the hands of a monster and the cavalier attitude the people of her day held at her demise, shocking the reader with their callousness. Emile.