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Thread #35197   Message #1253746
Posted By: Tannywheeler
22-Aug-04 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Lady All Skin and Bone
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Lady All Skin and Bone
Shall I assume everyone has heard the Kentucky version done by Jean Ritchie during the 1940s-50s? Called "The Boo Song" by my youngest son (now 34), it was his favorite lullaby!!!

There was an old woman all skin and bone.
She lived down by the old churchhouse.

One night she thought she'd take a walk.
She walked down by the old churchyard.

She heard the bones a rattlin' 'round.
She thought she'd sweep the old churchhouse.

She went to the closet to get the broom.
She opened the door and

He could be absolutely sack-of-potatoes slumped asleep and giggle in his sleep at the end. I would start with the other popular ones (in our family)-- Hush/word/mockingbird, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, my grandmother's peculiar version of Whole Heap of Little Ponies, etc.-- and when he couldn't keep his eyelids open any more he would ASK for "The Boo Song, mommy."