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Thread #102695   Message #4106358
Posted By: Lighter
17-May-21 - 10:11 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'Of All the Animals in the World/Field..'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Of All the Animals in the World/Field..'
Stillwater [Okla.] Democrat (May 27, 1915), p. 4:

NEW VERSE TO "RYE STRAW."

Of all the fowls that roam the air
I had rather be a peckerwood;
I would fly upon some tall dead tree,
And there I would peck, and peck,
As long as the pecking was good.

Compare Gove County Leader (Gove City, Kans.) (July 16, 1897), p. 2:

“Yesterday a woodpecker flew and lit on the courthouse door, and he pecked and he pecked until – continued next week.”

The full version (not printed in the paper) is "till his pecker was sore."