There’s something very sinister about most nursery rhymes. Most real nursery rhymes. The ones that have been passed down through the generations, not the ones that have been passed down from purple dinosaurs. They’re quite often used in horror films (such as The Haunting) and this particular tune was co-opted for the Silver Shamrock theme in Halloween 3.
There are a few of ways you could pick this tune. Each time two notes are picked together, you could pick them with your thumb and index finger. This is a perfectly good way of doing it, but I prefer another way.
I position my hand so that each finger has its own string (those of you that have signed up for the fingerpicking course will be familiar with it) but I’ll use my thumb to pick the bottom note of each pair. So, the first note of bar 1 I’ll pick with my thumb and index finger. The first note of bar 2 I’ll pick with my thumb and middle finger. It seems a strange way to do it, but it’s the way that feels most natural to me. Experiment with these two (and any alternatives you can think of) and see which feels best to you.
Suggested by West