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Thread #43706   Message #1375011
Posted By: Joe Offer
09-Jan-05 - 02:59 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Brian O'Lynn & Tam o' the Linn
Subject: ADD Version: Tam o' the Linn
I wonder if they could teach songs like this to third graders nowadays.
-Joe Offer-

Tam o' the Linn

Tam o' the Linn had no breeches to wear,
He got an old sheepskin to make him a pair;
With the fleshy side out and the woolly side in,
"They'll be pleasant and cool,'
says Tam o' the Linn.

Tam o' the Linn had no shirt to his back,
He went to a neighbor's and borrowed a sack;
Then he puckered the meal bag in under his chin,
"Sure, they'll take them for ruffles,"
says Tam o' the Linn

Tam o' the Linn was hard up for a coat,
So he borrowed the skin of a neighbor's goat;
With the horns sticking out from his pockets, and then,
"Sure, they'll take them for pistols,"
Says Tam o' the Linn.

Tam o' the Linn had no hat to put on,
So he got an old beaver to make him a one;
There was none of the crown left and less of the brim,
"Sure there's fine ventilation,"
Says Tam o' the Linn.

Tam o' the Linn had no shoes for his toes,
He hopped in two crab-shells to serve him for those;
Then he split up two oysters that matched like a twin,
"Sure they'll shine out like buckles,"
Says Tam o' the Linn.

Tam o' the Linn had no watch to put on,
So he scooped out a turnip to make him a one;
Then he placed a young cricket in under the skin,
"Sure they'll think it is ticking,"
Says Tam o' the Linn.

Tam o' the Linn to his house had no door,
He'd the sky for a roof, and the bog for a floor;
He'd a way to jump out, and a way to swim in,
"'Tis a fine place to live,"
Says Tam o' the Linn.


Source: Music Now and Long Ago Silver Burdett Textbook, Third Grade, 1956

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