It derives from the time of the Bubonic Plague. To take their minds of the death the children would dance in a circle. The pocket full of posies happened because they believed that it warded away the plague. The ashes was from the burning bodies, and the falling down was people falling from the illness. hope this helps.
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ring around the rosy is about the black plague it's quiet sad every single word in the nursery rhyme has to do with the black plague. for further questions gmail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for i know alot about it.