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Thread #97815   Message #2002848
Posted By: Joe Offer
21-Mar-07 - 03:51 AM
Thread Name: Origins: copyright of kidsong 'LittleRed Caboose'
Subject: Lyr Add: LITTLE RED CABOOSE (Deke Moffitt)
I think this verifies Q's findings that the song was written by Deke Moffitt, although the copyright date I have is 1940.

Little Red Caboose
(Deke Moffitt)
Version 1

Little Red Caboose, Little Red Caboose,
Little Red Caboose behind the train,
Smokestack on its back, Coming down the track,
Little Red Caboose behind the train.-

Little Red Caboose, Little Red Caboose,
Little Red Caboose behind the train,
Coming round the bend, Hanging on the end,
Little Red Caboose behind the train.-

Click to play (1)





Little Red Caboose
(Deke Moffitt - adapted)
Version 2

Little Red Caboose, chug, chug, chug,
Little Red Caboose, chug, chug, chug,
Little Red Caboose behind the train, train, train, train.
Smokestack on its back, back, back, back
Coming down the track, track, track, track,
Little Red Caboose behind the train, chug, chug.-

Little Red Caboose, chug, chug, chug,
Little Red Caboose, chug, chug, chug,
Little Red caboose behind the train, train, train, train.
Coming round the bend, bend, bend, bend,
Hanging on the end, end, end, end,
Little Red Caboose behind the train, chug, chug.-

Click to play (2)


Both versions ©1940, Carl Fisher, Inc.
from Wee Sing Fun 'n' Folk, by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp, 1989
So, the bottom line is that the song Kerry wants is the one by Deke Moffitt. It can be licensed for recording at harryfox.com - click on the yellow "Songfile" link and follow the instructions. When you get to the search utility, search for Deke Moffitt and it will come right up. Last time I got licenses there, it cost me 8 cents per song per CD, plus a reasonable processing fee. This was for lots of 500 or 1000 - bigger quantities are handled differently.
-Joe-