Shoots and Ladders: based on false pretenses
This may be absolutely no shock to anyone... But apparently the entire premise behind the song shoots and ladders is false.
Shoots and Ladders is about how we were taught to be evil, with all the dark hidden meanings behind nursery rhymes we'd all sung to and laughed at as children...
Apparently, none of these rhymes have any dark hidden meaning whatsoever.
The rhymes referenced in the song, with their associated evil, are:
Ring around the Rosie - bubonic plague
London Bridge Is Falling Down - a bridge collapsing and a "fair lady" dying
This old man - Sexual abuse
one-two, buckle my shoe - ... should have used freddy krueger's chant, this piece seems meaningless here...
baa baa, black sheep - racism/slave trade
ALL of these are dubious.
Ring around the Rosie is NOT about the black plague. I was shocked to hear this too. The rhyme wasn't even in print until 1881, over 5 centuries after the black plague. how could a rhyme be so popular for 5 centuries and never be written down? more on this rhyme here >> http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/rosie.asp
London Bridge Is Falling Down-
If you look at only that verse of the song, it DOES seem pretty dark, doesn't it? That's because you're looking at only one verse out of context from the rest of the song. Sounds like what an inept parent does to a Korn song when their kid goes ape shit. now read some of the other lyrics: >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge_Is_Falling_Down#Lyrics
London Bridge is broken down,
Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay will wash away,
Build it up with bricks and mortar,...
The list goes on, but they all end in "my fair lady". that's due to it being a british song. you can't picture an older british gentleman saying "my fair lady" at the end of every sentence? here, this is a reminder of how british men sound to the US >> http://s3.amazonaws.com/theoatmeal-img/comics/spines_speech/1800.png
Ultimately, it's just a nursery rhyme about a shitty bridge, and 2 people arguing about how to fix it. nothing dark to gain here.
This old man-
There are no claims at all as to any sexual abuse by this song. Also, this version of the song is the second version... the first version of the song was more geared around being a high-rollin pimp who could get the ladies off simply by pointing at them and saying "boom!" That's right, "this old man" is none other than "Jack Jintle"
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe-
I honestly have no idea why Korn included this song... just sorta fit the mood i guess. there's no meaning to ascertain from this other than it's an old version of a popular music idea. it's just about a guy who's gone to call on a girl, nobody's around, and apparently they've had a roll in the hay. morbid and macabre, i know. Modern pop artists who sing about this same shit in much more graphic and vulgar detail better watch the fuck out: one, two, buckle my shoe motherfuckers!
Baa Baa, Black Sheep-
While you could derive a racist meaning from this rhyme, it's the same situation as the Song of the South >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_of_the_South
There actually aren't any specific claims toward this being derived from slave trades... though many still want to assume that it is... even to the point of completely changing the lyrics entirely for some cases of preschools. It's racist if you choose to view it that way, but there's absolutely no intention of it being racist anywhere.
If the entire song of Shoots and Ladders was completely based on false premises... then what do we have to go on? how can the song still fit? how about how human beings like to take things we enjoyed as children, then when we get older turn them into really dark things for no reason, only to make us feel guilty for having such a good time singing them? this song is a perfect parallel to social media. welcome to ignorance. now you feel like a killer because you listen to metal and play violent video games, even though you yourself have never done anything evil in your life, nor ever gathered any evil tendencies to do so from what you've seen, played, and sung.
'tis a bit of a stretch, but you threw me a curve ball here, Korn... If I was gonna swing, I at least wanted to hit the damn point!