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Origins: The Robin is dead

GUEST,Guest Lael 24 May 12 - 11:07 PM
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Subject: Origins: The Robin is dead
From: GUEST,Guest Lael
Date: 24 May 12 - 11:07 PM

Fifty years ago a friend of my mother's taught me a child's action song she said was handed down in her family and came from Appalachia. I think it is called "the Robin is Dead," it has child actions that go with it.

The lyrics are:

The robin is dead, dead in his grave
dead in his grave, dead in his grave
The robin is dead, dead in his grave
Oh, oh, oh.

They planted an apple tree over his head
(repeat as above)
The apples got ripe and fell to the ground
(repeat as above)
Old woman came out to gather them up
(repeat as above)
the robin jumped up and gave her a thump
(repeat as above)

Does anyone know if there is more to the song, or specifically where or when it came from?


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