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Animal Songs

In Mudcat MIDIs:
The Beastiary (Bestiary)
Johnny Doolan's Cat (Johnny Dolan's Cat)
SKUNK SONG (aka ZaZuZa)


JenEllen 21 Dec 99 - 07:05 PM
McGrath of Harlow 21 Dec 99 - 08:13 PM
Roger in Baltimore 21 Dec 99 - 11:14 PM
MK 21 Dec 99 - 11:32 PM
_gargoyle 22 Dec 99 - 03:12 AM
JenEllen 22 Dec 99 - 02:38 PM
MMario 22 Dec 99 - 02:52 PM
dick greenhaus 22 Dec 99 - 03:49 PM
Susanne (skw) 22 Dec 99 - 04:48 PM
MMario 22 Dec 99 - 04:53 PM
Jenny 22 Dec 99 - 05:11 PM
Jeri 22 Dec 99 - 05:22 PM
Jeri 22 Dec 99 - 05:36 PM
emily rain 22 Dec 99 - 07:11 PM
_gargoyle 22 Dec 99 - 07:39 PM
Mary in Kentucky 22 Dec 99 - 08:04 PM
Barry Finn 22 Dec 99 - 08:51 PM
T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird) 22 Dec 99 - 11:22 PM
paddymac 22 Dec 99 - 11:34 PM
frank m. 22 Dec 99 - 11:41 PM
Jon Freeman 22 Dec 99 - 11:57 PM
JamesJimFolk 22 Dec 99 - 11:57 PM
_gargoyle 23 Dec 99 - 12:50 AM
Liz the Squeak 23 Dec 99 - 02:42 AM
MudGuard 23 Dec 99 - 02:54 AM
Liz the Squeak 23 Dec 99 - 08:32 AM
Wincing Devil 23 Dec 99 - 09:43 AM
Okiemockbird 23 Dec 99 - 09:52 AM
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Subject: Animal Songs
From: JenEllen
Date: 21 Dec 99 - 07:05 PM

Planning a benefit concert for our local Humane Society. Looking for good animal songs. They don't have to be squeaky clean ;) Jen


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Dec 99 - 08:13 PM

Well if you go to the DT Lyrics search thingy at the top of the page, and click search buy keywords, there are 260 somgs listed under animal. That's probably rather more than you want. But you can search by individual animals.

Cats, sharks, dogs...

I'd sing the Cat Came Back or the Body in the Bag if I had just one somg to sing.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 21 Dec 99 - 11:14 PM

Oh, definitely the cat came back. The Humane Society will understand.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: MK
Date: 21 Dec 99 - 11:32 PM

Black Bird


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Subject: ADD: The Beastiary (Bestiary?)
From: _gargoyle
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 03:12 AM

It is very hard to imagine that this one is not in the DT...searched but could not find this old classic.

The Beastiary

Key of D
2/4 time

D/Al-li-ga-to, Hedge-hog/G?Ant-eat-eater,/D/Bear
A7/Rat-tle-snake, /D/Buf-fa-lo, /E7/An-a-con-da,/A/Hare.
/D/Bull-frog, Wood-chuck,/G/Wol-ver-ine, /D/Goose
/A7/Whip-poor-will, /D/Chip-munk/E7/Jack-/A7/al,/D/

Mud-tur-tel, Whale, Glow-worm, Bat
Sa-a-man-der, Snail, Bal-tese - cat
Black squir-rel, Ra-con, O-pos-sum, Wren.
Red-Squir-rel, Loon, South Guin-ea hen.

Polecat, dog, wild otter, rat,
P{elican, hog, dodo, bat,
Eagle, kangaroo, sheep, duck, widgeion, (yep that's right)
Conger, armadillo, beaver, seal, peigeon.

Reindeer, blacksnake, ibis, nightingale,
Martin, wild drake, crocodile, quail.
Houserat, touserat, white bear, doe,
Chickdadee, peacock, bobolink, crow.

This is a REAL duzzy to memorize, (harder than "I've Been Everywhere") but it is WELL worth it.

Perfect for a family setting where the performer and audience are comfortable with each other....Because of the simple rhymne scheme the audience begins to aniticipate the ending of the couplet....and can be encouraged to shoutout (after the first two examples) what they perceive to be the matching word....the singer nods approval, or corrects.

This one is a great deal of fun...perfect for your animal shelter setting.

What is your production date?


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Bestiary is from "Song in America -Our Musical Heritage" Burl Ives, Arrangement by Albert Hague, New York 1962 p 52.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: JenEllen
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 02:38 PM

Loved the ideas...where can I find the Cat Came Back? Gargoyle's Beastiary is going to be a "must sing". In response, the concert is planned for March third. We've got a local guy up here that does folk radio, and is like a human jukebox, should be a fine night to howl!


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: MMario
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 02:52 PM

Garg? you have a tune for that?


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 03:49 PM

Cat Came Back is in DigiTrad.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 04:48 PM

What about 'Dead Puppies aren't much fun'? Or even 'Billy the Squid' on which there is a hilarious thread hidden away in the Mudcat archives (c. last summer). :-) - Susanne


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: MMario
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 04:53 PM

Billy the Squid


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Jenny
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 05:11 PM

Forgot about Dead Puppies...Kind of along the same lines as "The cat got dead", another gem.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 05:22 PM

Here's BODY IN THE BAG. I've heard this sung a few times, but still can't remember the whole tune. Also, in the fourth verse, where it says: "But do you want a room?"'
I've heard it sung "But do you parlez-vous?"

TONGUE TWISTER
I wish there was a tune for THE NEIGHBOUR'S CAT
And this one is far from squeaky-clean, but it's very funny: DOGS MEETING - an explanation of why dogs smell each other's butts.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 05:36 PM

Ack - and there's one that'll leave the rolling on the floor if you can find the lyrics. It's called "Don't Pet The Dog," by John Robert Hadley. I seem to recall a discussion on it in here, but I don't recall the name of the thread. Maybe somebody else can help. It's on this tape, which looks interesting. There's a sound (wav) file here


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: emily rain
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 07:11 PM

how about the newer, all animal version of mole in the ground?

do you know "proud to be a moose" by someone who's name i never learned?

then there's LITTLE BROWN DOG

and the peter paul and mary version thereof: AUTUMN TO MAY


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Subject: ADD Version: Johnny Dolan's Cat
From: _gargoyle
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 07:39 PM

Another fun one - also not able to find it in the DT....

Johnny Doolan's Cat

You may have seen some wonders
But we'll bet our Sunday hat
You haven't seen as big a one
As Johnny Doolan's Cat.

You needn't contradict us.
If you do, you'll get us vexed.
For we know there's not its equal
In this world or the next.

They say a cat has seven lives,
But this has many more;
Unto our certain knowledge,
It's already had a score.

They've often tried to drown it
Or to kill it with a knife
But all in vain, for Doolan's cat
Will not depart this life.

And it's still alive and prowling (meow)
Still alive and growling (Meow)
Still alive and howling (MEOW)
Is Johnny Doolan's Cat.

I will work out the tunes to both of these.


Johnny Doolan's Cat is from "Something to Sing About - The Personal Choices of America's Folk Singers" collected and arranged by Milton Okun, Choice of Burl Ives, The Macmillan Company, London, 1968, p40.


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Version in DT (click)


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Subject: Lyr Add: Midnight Run^^
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 08:04 PM

Only us Yorkie lovers understand this one...To the tune of Jingle Bells.

Stomping thru the snow,
Just me and my Yorkie.
Over the fields we go,
Just so she will pee.

Darkness all around,
We know she won't obey.
Her nose is anchored to the ground
Sniffing all the way. Hey!

Midnight Run
Where's the sun?
Can't we make this quick?
When I think we're almost done
She finds something to lick. Ick!

Midnight Run
Ain't this fun?
The snow is glistening bright.
When she turns around and looks at me
Her beard is full of white.

I can't suppress a yawn
When she finally picks a spot.
On my neighbor's lawn
She turns and takes a squat.

She's not quite done it's clear,
Impatience makes me sigh
When I see my Yorkie disappear
in a snow drift two feet high.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Barry Finn
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 08:51 PM

Here's a beast of a shanty, from the Carribean, it's in the DT (Congo River 2), these are extra verses. Also known as the Monkey's Wedding. Barry

Who do you think do the music form them
Calliali (sp?) Band with a drumfish playing

Butterfish get up to sneak a piece
Baboon say leave me cake alone

Who do you think do the cermonony
Blackfish King do the cermonony

Who do you think do the music form them
Calliali (sp?) Band with a drumfish playing

Butterfish get up to sneak a piece
Babboon say leave me cake alone

Monkey get up to share some rice
Babboon say leave me rice alone

Where do you think go for holiday
Out on a raft in Montego Bay

What do you think that they do on the water
Monkey & Babboon fight till the slaughter

What do you think they had for supper
Blackfish tail & a dip of the scupper


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Subject: Lyr Add: Over in the Meadow^^^
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 11:22 PM

This one isn't in the DT

Sing, said the mother
Source: Olive Dame Campbell and Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1917.

Over in the meadows in the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother toad and her little toad one.
Hop, said the mother. I hop, said the one.
So they hopped and were glad in the sand in the sun.

Over in the meadows in the nest in the tree
lived an old mother birdy and her little birdies three.
Sing, said the mother. We sing, said the three.
So they sang and were glad in the nest in the tree.

Over in the meadows in a sly little den
lived an old mother spider and her little spiders ten.
Spin, said the mother; we spin, said the ten.
So they spun and caught flies in their sly little den.

I have a recording of this with ten verses, but these three are the only ones I can provide provenance information for.

T.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: paddymac
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 11:34 PM

Don't overlook the cat fart thread, wherein resides a marvelous little ditty of the same name. Maybe its most funny to cat lovers. Cats and I seem to have a mutual toleration pact, but I still thing the song is hilarious.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: frank m.
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 11:41 PM

don't forget "four wet pigs"


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 11:57 PM

I have these words for Over in the Meadow from the Faber Book of Nursery Verse.

Over in the meadow in the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one
Dig said the mother We dig said the one
So they dug all day in the sand in the sun

2: where the stream runs blue / fish/fishes/swim/swam

3: in a hole in a tree /owl owls / Tu-hoo/ Tu-hooed

4: by the old barn door/ rat/little ratties/ gnaw/gnawed.

5: in a snug behive/ bee/bees/ buzz/ buzzed.

6: in a nest built of sticks/ crow/crows/caw/cawed

7: the gras grows so even/ frog/froggies/ jump/ jumped

8: by the old mossy gate/lizard/lizards/bask/basked

9: by the old scotch pine/duck/ducks/quack/quacked

10: in a cosy we den/beaver/beavers/beave/beaved

Jon

PS No Unicorns yet?


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: JamesJimFolk
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 11:57 PM

"All God's Critters got a place in the choir," by Bill Staines -

Chorus "All God's Critters got a place in the Choir, Some sing low, some sing higher, Some sing out loud on the telephone wire, Some just clap their hands or feet, Or anything they got, now.

I'm sure it's on a folk web site somewhere, but can get you the verses, if you like.

Jim


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: _gargoyle
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 12:50 AM

Thanks Mr. Freeman,

The lyrics were buried in a section of four-year-old's-memory-recesses of my brain...

The tune and lyrics have tumbled out refreshed after all these years.

THANX....

When I find the midi cord (tomorrow?) the three tune can be added.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 02:42 AM

How about some hymns?

Gladly, my cross eyed bear

or Just as I am, without one flea......

I learnt this one from my father, the only clean song he ever taught me....

How can you tell if a guinea pig is pleased if he hasn't got a tail to wag?

All other animals you will find, have got a little tail stuck on behind.

If they'd only put a tail on a guinea pig, and finished off a decent job,

The price of the animal would then go up, from a guinea up to 30 bob.

(guinea = £1 and 1 shilling, pre decimal coinage, so they tell me. Bob is an abbreviation for shilling.) Can't write the tune, but it goes well as a monologue.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: MudGuard
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 02:54 AM

There is the funny Bodhran Song which is about a goat. It did not yet find its way into the database but can be found here:
The Bodhran Song
MudGuard


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 08:32 AM

From what I remember of it, it isn't particularly funny for the goat, remember what bodhrans are made of>>>>!

LTS


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GNU SONG^^
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 09:43 AM

Flanders And Swann did a whole series of amimal songs. My Favorite is "I'm a GNU!"

A year ago last thursday, I was strolling in the zoo
When I met a man who thought he knew the lot
He was laying down the law about the habbits of baboons
And the number of quills a porcupine has got
So I asked him "What's that creature's name?" and he answered "That's a helk!"
And I'd have gone on thinking that was true
If the animal in question hadn't put that chap to shame,
And remarked-"I ain't a helk-I'm a gnu!

I'm a gnu-I'm a gnu
The g-nicest work of g-nature in the zoo
I'm a gnu, how do you do?
You really oughtta g-know w-who's w-who
I'm a gnu-spelt G - N - U
I'm not a camel or a kangaroo
So let me introduce, I'm neither man nor moose
Oh, g-no, g-no, g-no, I'm a gnu!"

I had taken furnished lodgings down at Rustington-on-Sea
Whence I travelled on to Aston-under-Lyne
On the second night I stayed there I was wakened from a dream
Which I'll tell you all about some other time
Among the hunting trophies on the wall above my bed
Stuffed and mounted was a face I thought I knew
A bison? An okapi? Could it be a hartebeast?
Then I seem to hear a voice: "I'm a gnu!

I'm a gnu, a g-nother gnu
I wish I could g-nash my teeth at you
I'm a gnu, how do you do?
You really oughtta g-know w-who's w-who
I'm a gnu-spelt G - N - U
Call me bison or okapi and I'll sue
Nor am I in the least like that dreadful hartebeast
Oh, g-no, g-no, g-no, I'm a gnu!
G-no, g-no, g-no, I'm a gnu!
G-no, g-no, g-no, I'm a gnu!"


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Okiemockbird
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 09:52 AM

J. Freeman, thanks for the source info.

When I sing verse five, I don't sing "old mother bee and her little bees five", I change it to "honey bee queen and her worker bees five." More zoologically correct.

Could "Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts" by considered an animal song ?

T.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Okiemockbird
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 10:12 AM

JenEllen, are you new to the Mudcat, or have you been posting under another name ? If you're new, then welcome. If you're a long-time regular, hi anyway. T.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Midchuck
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 10:17 AM

There's always "The Castration of the Strawberry Roan," which I believe can be found in Digitrad - an "animal song" in a least two senses of the word. Probably not what you'd do at a children's party. I'm afraid I know some children who would demand to hear it again and again...


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: margaret
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 10:24 AM

Robin Williamson did a funny song called, I think, "Zoo Blues," in which all manner of animal puns are used to tell of the demise of relationship, along the lines of "when I had the bucks, my deer, you were so fawn, but now my doe is gone and you're so colt to me. . ." It runs along very quickly and I admit to finding myself singing it with alarming frequency while driving in the car.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Blackcat2
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 11:17 AM

oddly enough most (if not all) of my fav. animal songs are about their demise. Can't understand why - I really do like animals a lot, I was even going into Zoology years ago until that first semester of fruit fly larvae disection.

Anyway, here's my list, though whether these are appropriate for the Humane Society is debatable.

Somebody's Moggie (Eric Bogel) Dead Skunk Dead Puppies Aren't Much Fun Fish Heads The Unicorn (Shel Silverstein)

oh well . . .

I like Three Drunk Newts too - and they don't die from what I can remember :-)

pax yall


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Subject: Lyr Add: Marking Up My Winter Wonderland^^
From: JenEllen
Date: 23 Dec 99 - 03:37 PM

Hey all; Thanks for the glorious noise. Emily and Gargoyle, thanks for the songs. OkieMockingbird, we may have to resort to "greasy grimy gopher guts"..lord help us..and I think it's John McKutcheon? One of those kids albums anyway, that does a smash-up version of "Over In the Meadow" with kids included. Will look for "Castration of the Strawberry Roan"...I am a veterinary technician, and it is myself and fellow techs putting together this show. Blackcat2, we have been FORBIDDEN to even mention the Unicorn song (bg), Dan would have fits. We'll end up with nothing but "Dead Techs Aren't Much Fun"...At least we have some cool stuff to work with now. Including the only clean song Liz's dad ever taught her (ebg). Adding to the pile, for Mary's Yorkie, this is one that my folk buddy, the guy that's doing our show, e-mailed to my dog. (think winter wonderland)

Dog tags ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
It's yellow, not white, I've been here tonight
Marking up my winter wonderland

Smell that tree? That's my fragrance
It's a sign for wandering vagrants
"Avoid where I pee, it's my prop-er-ty!"
Marked up as my doggie wonderland

In the meadow dad will build a snowman
Following the classical design
Then I'll lift my leg and let it go, man
So all the world will know that it's
MINE MINE MINE

Straight from me to the fence post
Flows my natural incense boast
"Stay off my turf, this small piece of earth
I've marked it as my Winter Wonderland"

It beats the ever-living crap out of what I was singing to the dog before. (Pacing the floors, in pants with back doors, walking in my winter underwear.....) Merry Christmas to all you Mudcatters, I'm lucky to have found you. Elle


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: MudGuard
Date: 26 Dec 99 - 02:15 PM

Liz, the Bodhran Song is funny for the goat as the goat WANTS to become a bodhran!
MudGuard


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Hoolet
Date: 26 Dec 99 - 02:42 PM

As long as it doen't have to be PC "Somebodies moggy" by Eric Bogle, The last leviathan. The animals went in two by two,Froggy went a courting, El condor paso lots and lots. Good luck


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Marymac90
Date: 26 Dec 99 - 06:15 PM

How about "If I Were a Moose" by Fred Small. It's an allegory based on a true story, about a bull moose who really did come acourtin' a cow, in New England somewhere, I think.

"If I were a moose and you were a cow Would you love me anyhow? Would you introduce me to your folks? Would you tell your friends 'No moose jokes!'"

Or there's another one by Fred based on a different true story-"Hot Frogs on the Loose", about frogs that were exposed to radioactive stuff at a nuclear power plant. It's great with kids, cause there are different noisy parts for the audience to do, such as the frogs going "Gurk, gurk" and the frightened populace screaming.

Mary McCaffrey


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 04:34 AM

There's "Cats on the Rooftop"--a long way from squeaky clean.

Bill Groggins' Goat

And "The Wild West Show"--actually about a menagerie. Only the chorus is sung:

Oh, we're going to the Wild West Show, We'll see the elephant and the wild kangaroo, Never mind the weather, as long as we're together, We're going to the Wild West Show.

A typical verse:

(spoken, as if by a guide to the zoo): Step right this way ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. In this first cage we have the Ooo-ah bird.

(audience response). The Ooo-ah bird?

(guide) That's right, the Ooo-ah bird.

(audience) And what does the Ooo-ah bird do?

(guide) The Ooo-ah bird, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, is native to the Hawaiian Islands. It derives its name from the fact that although it weighs only one pound, it lays a two-pound egg. Hence the OOOOOOO-Aaahh...

Other verses tell about the kee-kee bird, the lee-oh-pard, the male alligator, the woo-foo bird, the elephant, the Rhodesian talking frog, and the bowdeeni bird. I added the last two--it's easy to make up your own.

--seed


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 04:48 AM

I'm kinda sleepy and forgot the line breaks to the chours of "The Wild West Show."


Oh, We're goin' to the Wild West Show:
, We'll see the elephant and the wild kangaroo.
Never mind the weather, As long as we're together.
We're going to the wild west show!

The melody is close to "Careless Love."

I learned it from a girl working during the summer at Mt. Hood's Timberline Lodge (Kubrick's Overlook
Hotel).

--seed


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: dwditty
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 11:36 AM

Dave Van Ronk covers several animal songs on his Peter and The Wolf tape/CD. Swing on a Star, Glad to be a Moose, Mairsy Doats, etc.

DW


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Blackcat2
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 11:40 AM

OH!

I forgot another of my favorite animal(dead) songs - Nell Flaherty's Drake

My god, why is it I love dead animal songs - I really do like animals - I even visit friends specifically to see their pets sometimes. I've got to think of an animal song that doesn't deal with death that I really like. .. . Hmmmmmmm


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Wordwitch
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 01:13 PM

How about THE FOX, also right here in the DT? I've loved this song ever since I listened to Belafonte sing it on the record player when I was a tyke.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: JenEllen
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 02:50 PM

To Blackcat2: Don't delve too deep into your psyche, you might leave a mark. You want irony? My big girl job is trying to keep these critters ALIVE, yet my favorite animal song is Kat-Fox Hamilton's "Chipmunk with a Death Wish", where the little beastie is trying to die and no one will let him. Elle.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 02:57 PM

I've heard that greyhound is the best skin for a bodhran. But I can't see it myself.

Here's a slightly different version of The Body in the Bag


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: BK
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 04:53 PM

I didn't see "Waltzing with Bears" (generally loved by kids - & corny adults like me), nor it's -sort of- sequel/prequel "Aunt Emily" by Andy Wilkinson, out of north Texas. In it, she sings in her sleep, attracts bears, with whom her hubbie, the famous Uncle Walter, starts waltzing.. Severely cute & great chorus for sing-along. Andy is a cowboy poet, songwriter, balladeer, historian & well worth seeing if youre lucky enough that he comes your way. Also plays a lot for kids at schools & festivals, in the historian/teaching-with-song-&-story mode. I'll try to find where I put his internet address if anybody is interested (for permission, words, etc..).

Cheers, BK


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: BK
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 05:09 PM

BIG OOPS! the correct source for "Aunt Emily" is the wonderful & wacky Berrymans, who are easy to find on the web. My only excuse is having a severe flu & should be in bed - not on the Mudcat. My humblest apologies to Peter, lou, & Andy

Lo Siento, BK


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Tim Salt
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 05:30 PM

Leon Rosselson has written some of the best songs including some on an animal theme:)

Kangaroos Like To Hop - Great fun for kids ( and grown up kids)

Free To Roam - Fantastic song which works at different levels depending on the audience. Probably great for the Humane Society.

Both songs are on a Roy Bailey album - Why Does It Have To Be Me? Fuse Records CFCD 396.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 09:32 AM

JenEllen, let us know how your concert goes. T.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: JenEllen
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 08:32 PM

No fear T-Bird, we're still hanging in there. I'm just wrapped in the bowels of promotion. Geez, it stinks in here. But, it's a necessary function nonetheless. Take care, Elle


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Susan A-R
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 10:33 PM

The Flanders and Swann Hippopotomus (sp???? song is also great. It is in Rise Up Singing, and I may be able to pry music out of my husband who wrote it out for a concert (he also wrote out the gnu song.) I also have the Leon Rosselson book around somewhere, Andy's Front Hall carries it, and it is a great one.

Bob Frankie did a terriffic song called William the Streak about a grayhound who is adopted and moves in next to a sheep farmer. The two come to a remarkable agreement.

Leather Winged Bat is nice. Stewball on the Horse front

I suppose the Stan Rogers Doberman Disaster would be right out, but it is a lot of fun.


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Subject: RE: Animal Songs
From: Victoria
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 10:37 PM

John McCutcheon has a great song on his "Autumnsongs" album, called "I am a Bird Dog (watch me fly)"!, and I love his "Rubber Blubber Whale" song for kids. Kate Rusby has a song on her latest CD called "Cowsong"...and Pete Seeger recorded "Who built the Ark? (Noah, noah") that names the animals as they go through. Good luck with your project! :-)


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