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Dead animal songs

GUEST,celtaddict 04 Jul 03 - 11:58 AM
Joe Offer 04 Jul 03 - 12:12 PM
GUEST,celtaddict 04 Jul 03 - 12:18 PM
Geoff the Duck 04 Jul 03 - 12:22 PM
wysiwyg 04 Jul 03 - 12:29 PM
Geoff the Duck 04 Jul 03 - 12:31 PM
JennyO 04 Jul 03 - 12:33 PM
Emma B 04 Jul 03 - 01:08 PM
Joe Offer 04 Jul 03 - 02:39 PM
Blackcatter 04 Jul 03 - 02:53 PM
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alanabit 04 Jul 03 - 02:53 PM
Blackcatter 04 Jul 03 - 02:58 PM
Candyman(inactive) 04 Jul 03 - 03:02 PM
Candyman(inactive) 04 Jul 03 - 03:05 PM
Seaking 04 Jul 03 - 03:22 PM
dick greenhaus 04 Jul 03 - 03:29 PM
GUEST,Lutenist 04 Jul 03 - 03:52 PM
Long Firm Freddie 04 Jul 03 - 04:19 PM
Bill D 04 Jul 03 - 04:39 PM
wysiwyg 04 Jul 03 - 04:44 PM
LadyJean 04 Jul 03 - 05:26 PM
GUEST 04 Jul 03 - 07:39 PM
GUEST,Puffenkinty 04 Jul 03 - 09:17 PM
mack/misophist 04 Jul 03 - 09:31 PM
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Amergin 04 Jul 03 - 09:44 PM
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Subject: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 11:58 AM

For a dear and demented nephew, I am collecting a set of dead animal songs.
He's Nobody's Moggy Now
Little Gomez
Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road
Dead Horse Shanty
Fishing for Chickens
Any other goodies to add? (With where I can find them?)


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:12 PM

Hi, Celtaddict - for your pleasure, we have a wide and wonderful collection of possum songs. Oh, and don't forget our road kill thread.
Enjoy.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:18 PM

Thanks, Joe, I did try "Dead animal songs" and unearthed no threads.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:22 PM

A friend of mine, Jim Jarratt, wrote one called Squashed Hedgehogs, about trips out in the car with young children.
Wibseyman website
He also is responsible for one of ghost stories. Brigantian Whispers
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:29 PM

It's been an awful long time since I heard a dead animal sing; must be why I can't remember any titles! :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:31 PM

They usually HUM abit after a couple of days in the sun!
Quack!


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Subject: ADD Verse: Dead Puppies
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:33 PM

Here you go, from the Digitrad + a verse that my friend Rhymin' Simon sings - I think there are other verses around too:

DEAD PUPPIES

D....A........Bm....F#m
////-////-----////-////
Dead puppies, dead puppies

G....A.......Bm....F#m
////-////----////-////
Dead puppies aren't much fun.


Verses: They don't come, when you call
They don't chase no squirrels at all
Dead puppies aren't much fun

Mom said puppies' days are through
Then she chunked him in the stew
Dead puppies aren't much fun

Puppy died late last fall
He's still rotting in the hall
Dead puppies aren't much fun

////=one measure in 4/4...again, the verse and chorus
are the same (musically)

Here's Simon's verse, which he sings first:

When you pick them up they sag
When you go for walks they drag
Dead puppies aren't much fun.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Emma B
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 01:08 PM

Pete Grassby's 'wonderful?' rendition of "I Put My Dog in the Microwave!" as heard in many late nite sessions


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:39 PM

Oh, hey, there are a number of dead animal songs on the "D" page of the Digital Tradition. Dead Dog Scrumpy is particularly inspiring. Emma, do you happen to have the lyrics to "I Put My Dog in the Microwave"?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:53 PM

I'm Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover.
The Unicorn Song (Shel Silverstein)
Puff The Magic Dragon (can be interpreted that way)


There's more too - I know there was a thread about this sometime.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:53 PM

There's an old country song called "Old Shep" that's about a faithful hunting dog going off to its final reward. I'm not sure of the original author, but it was covered by a lot of Nashville stars in the 50s and 60s.
Rev


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: alanabit
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:53 PM

The roast beef of England....? (It's about a dead animal).


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:58 PM

check out this thread:

Animal Songs

It has some more dead animal songs including my favoirite Nell Flaherty's Drake. (at the time I was Blackcat2)


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Candyman(inactive)
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:02 PM

The old grey goose is dead in "Go Tell Aunt Rhody."


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Candyman(inactive)
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:05 PM

"Old Blue" is another one about a dog that died.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Seaking
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:22 PM

Bob Eaglesham's 'Tortoise song' The tortoise gets it in the last verse - "I made him into plectrums, I knew this plectrum well"


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:29 PM

you can start with searching Digitrad for the keywords @deadcat @deaddog and @deadbaby.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Lutenist
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:52 PM

Jake Thackray's wonderful 'Tortoise'.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 04:19 PM

A couple of Music Hall songs:

Jeerusalem's Dead! (Donkey)

Down the Road (Horse)


LFF


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOWSER JENKINS
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 04:39 PM

"...Once I had a yaller dog, his name was Towser Jenkins.
The butcher cut his tail off with a cleaver...
Towser had his trademark on every cat in town,
And when he spotted one, he'd never leave her.

He wore his legs off stumpy, chasin' milk carts 'round the country.
Had bunions on his knees from jumpin' ditches.
Had all the hair wore off his ribs
From chasin' cats around the corn cribs...
But empty is the doghouse, Towsers poisoned.

No more he'll look for liver down beside the Suwanee River,
No more will boys baptize him in the sewer..
No more homeward will he wail, with ten cans tied to his tail..
For empty is the doghouse...Towser's poisoned."

...from a Folk Legacy album by Harry Tufts. (I hope that right!)


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 04:44 PM

The Wolfhound (DT or Mudcat Songbook)

Dead Dog Cider from Charley Noble-- maybe someone has a link to this sound file to offer?

Puff the Magic Dragon, if you add a verse. :~) Go ahead. You know you want to.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: LadyJean
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 05:26 PM

I've always enjoyed "The Body In the Bag", perhaps because the cat isn't really dead.
"The Boar's Head Carol" would work for Christmas. So, I suppose would, "King Herod and the Cock".


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 07:39 PM

King Herod's cock was dead?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SOW TOOK THE MEASLES (from Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,Puffenkinty
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:17 PM

Burl Ives used to sing a little number called
"The Sow Took the Measles"

It goes:

How do you think I begin in the world?
I got me a sow and several other things,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

What do you think I made of her hide?
The very best saddle that you ever did ride,
Saddle or bridle or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

What do you think I made of her nose?
The very best thimble that ever sewed clothes.
Thimble or thread or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

What do you think I made of her tail?
The very best whup that ever sot sail,
Whup or whup or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

What do you think I made of her feet?
The very best pickles that you ever did eat,
Pickles or glue or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.


There may have been other verses but these are all I remember.
(A mind is a terrible thing....)


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: mack/misophist
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:31 PM

The Beat Farmers had a great song called I'm A Happy Boy that featured the remains of 'my little dog Spot'.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,etoile
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:35 PM

this is sort of a little lame one to the tune of oh christmas tree...

oh tom the toad, oh tom the toad,
why did you hop into the road?
you were alive, but now you're dead
your face looks like tire tread
oh tom the toad, oh tom the toad,
why did you hop into the road?


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Amergin
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:44 PM

Well it is far from funny...but there is Eric Bogle's song As If He Knows...


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 10:57 PM

Dunderbeck, and Mrs. Murphy's Chowder-- between the two of them they killed off most of any good-sized town's animal population!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: LadyJean
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 11:23 PM

"Down on the bank of the yankity yank.
The bullfrog jumped from bank to bank.
He stubbed his toe and in he fell,
and the neighbors all said he went to hell."
Presumably the frog was dead.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Nancy King
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 11:44 PM

And then there's the late Jan Harmon's song lamenting that "The State of Maine license is the only license with a dead animal on it" (referring to the red lobster on the license plates).

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 12:49 AM

The Cat Came Back

Now the cat sat on the porch and he ate a piece of cheese,
An Irishman came by, he was feeling well at ease.
The cat he was a-smiling, for he was fully fed;
The Irishman sang "Britannia!" and the cat fell dead --

But his ghost came back, he wouldn't stay away,
He was sitting on the porch on the very next day.
His ghost came back, he didn't want to roam,
He haunted Freddie's house and his home sweet home.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD BROWN DOG
From: songs2play
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:52 AM

OLD BROWN DOG   

Ralph McTell

That old brown dog sleeps in the rain
Unless the sun has shone.
That old brown dog is all alone,
Since Old Bill been gone.
And sleeping in the rain
Only gives a dog a bad name.
If Bill were alive
Well I know he would decide
To have the same thing done.

That old brown dog he smells so bad,
Say the people from the town.
That old brown dog is almost lame,
Someone should put him down.
It would be an act of kindness,
You know it's for the best.
You bring a rope, bring a gun,
And it'll all be over
Before the dog can guess.

Could an old brown dog have become wise
Guessed they were all after him.
His hearing was failing, and his eyes
Were fast growing dim.
On the day they came to kill him
He sensed a rabbit on a log.
Did anybody see a rabbit
Chased across the meadows
By an old brown dog.

That old brown dog, tail wagging,
As he laid himself down.
It did not seam to matter,
That the rabbit had long gone to ground.
And there in the summer heat,
His old heart ceased to beat
And high above the meadow
The skylarks singing as the spark went out.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 08:06 AM

Carrion Crow - "he shot his old sow clean through the heart


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 10:20 AM

In "Hi Ho Says Rowley" the frog that lives in the well suffers when he leaves his new bride because

"...as the frog was crossing the stream
Hi Ho say Rowley
A big dog came and he gobbled him up."


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 11:42 AM

Songs2play: that is not at all the sort of song I had in mind for a kids' set of the "Nobody's Moggy" ilk, but sounds like a wonderful song. I have not heard it. Is it recorded somewhere?
My brothers and I refer to the squashed-by-the-roadside amphibians as "Frisbee frogs" (don't ask) and it seems to me there must be a song in there.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 11:51 AM

A friend of mine returned from a trip to America, with the term Bugsplat! for the flies on the windscreen. That sounds like a good title too!
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Little Hawk
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 12:33 PM

And don't forget the unbearably maudlin reference to the dead dog in Mister Bojangles..."the dog up and died, dog up and died...after 30 years he still grieves". Argh! I snort every time I hear it badly performed by someone who ought to learn a new song or two...or even write one. :-) I bet Jerry Jeff Walker is sick of it too.

- LH


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:23 PM

My other favorite term for the flat red mess is "Road Pizza" which arose from a bizarre "cheer" at Boy Scout camp. It involved the circle around the campfire being divided in halves and was a sort of call-and-response.
A: Ribbit, ribbit.
B: Vroom, vroom.
A: (louder) Ribbit, ribbit.
B: (louder) Vroom, vroom.
...and so forth louder and faster until the leader clapped his hands together, and all yelled in unison, "Road pizza!"


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Gareth - Cleaning PC 'n forgot to log in
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:32 PM

Then there is Lehrer "Poisening Pideons in the Park" - Click 'Ere

Gareth


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 04:50 PM

"Puppies Cooked in Brine" by "Urban Tapestry", Here

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Abby Sale
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 06:09 PM

Oor Cat's Deid        (learned from Phil & Sid Taylor, a Glasgow street
                song in _101_ Scottish Songs)
Lingle lingle lang tang oor cat's deid
Whit did she dee wi'?
Wi' a sair heid!
A' ye that kent her
When she was alive
Come to her funeral
Atween four and five.

==========

From: Eric Berge

Icky-gooey was a worm
A mighty worm was he;
He sat upon a railroad track,
A train he did not see.
Icky-gooey.             <--- Last line spoken.

=========

It's so lonesome in the saddle since my horse died
Ridin' on the range ain't no more fun
It's so lonesome in the saddle since my horse died
Reckon I'll get another 'un.

============

From Margaret MacArthur

Oh the grasshopper sat on the sweet potato vine
The sweet potato vine, the sweet potato vine
the turkey gobler came up behind
And snapped him off the sweet potato vine

===============

In Johnnie o' Braidesley (Child 114) his twa grey dogs die.

================

And, of course, Ninety-nine Dead Turtles, Hanging on the Wall.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 07:11 PM

Oh what was that one with a chorus that tallied the huntin 'n shooting
".... two game wardens and a cow" with the adjectival addition or "purte bred Jersey" for the bovine on the closing chorus. Sounds like a Tom Lehrer song or a Woody Allen story - probably an amalgum "in the style of". Seem to remember the line about game wardens not being in season.

I have a rabbit roadkill song - all the usual jokes in there. Not on my web site thought Todd the Toad is there as a "as heard" version.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 07:24 PM

Blackcatter: Thank you. I have known that song in that version since childhood, and learned it from someone with an accent, and never knew what the Irishman sang (or said, in her version), and since then have only heard varying versions without that last verse.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 10:38 PM

There's also
The Cat got dead...

Oh the cat got dead
so we put him in a box
And we put it in a hole
And we covered it with rocks
and we picked a few daisies
and we said a few prayers
then we all went to bed
cause no-one really cares

It carries on until we find that the cat wasn't really dead merely "catatonic" (groan) and he gets chased by a dog out into the street where he gets run over...Then we start over with "the cat got dead".

How about the parody of Muskrat Love, Hampster Love, where they describe just about every way to prepare the little critters for consumption.

Then there's
Fish Heads, fish heads, rolly polly fish heads
fish heads, fish heads, eat them up, yum!

Also...
Ozzie Fudd, the Wabbit Swayer
With his black leather hunting outfit and twelve guage shotgun guitar.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NOBODY'S MOGGY'S LAND (Bob Kanefsky)
From: Blackcatter
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 12:05 AM

I ran across this one (pun intentional) in the DT a couple of years back:

NOBODY'S MOGGY'S LAND (No Moggy's Land)
(Bob Kanefsky)

Well, how d'ya do, old Moggy the Cat?
I just noticed you landed where I almost sat.
D'ya mind if I push you a bit to the side?
I've been driving all day on the road where you died.
You've been squashed like some butterfly pressed between glass
Were you hit by a truck that was moving too fast?
Did he slam on the brake as he saw you go past?
Or, Moggy the Cat, did he step on the gas?

CHORUS Did he honk the horn loudly?
Did you stand your ground proudly?
Did a shadow fall o'er ya as the truck mowed you down?
Did your eyes glow in that fleeting darkness?
Did the birds come and pick at your carcass?

The ground squirrels and mice all seem happy today,
The butterflies frolic; the hummingbirds play.
A mockingbird sits there composing a dirge
Till he finally yields to his scavenger urge.
The robins and sparrows all join in the feast
In their joyous relief that the terror has ceased.
And the birds dance around you, not sad in the least,
Like the Munchkins danced over the Witch of the East.

Old Moggy the Cat, I still wonder why
You road-kill look so damned surprised when you die.
Did you think that some animal spirit survives?
Did you really believe that a cat has nine lives?
Well, if that is true, this is life Number Ten
Getting ever more flat, spinning round now and then,
As the cars run you over again and again
And again and again and again and again!


Copyright 1989 Bob Kanefsky; reprinted with permission
Tune "No Man's Land," by Eric Bogle


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HUNTING SONG (Tom Lehrer)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 04:17 AM

Mr Red:

TOM LEHRER REVISITED
8. The Hunting Song
Almost every day during the hunting season you see at least one item in the newspapers about somebody who has shot somebody else, under the impression that he was a deer with a red hat, perhaps. Maybe a large flesh-colored squirrel. At any rate, it seems to me that this marks an encouraging new trend in the field of blood sports, and deserves a new type of hunting song which I present herewith.

I always will remember,
'Twas a year ago November,
I went out to hunt some deer
On a morning bright and clear.
I went and shot the maximum the game laws would allow:
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.

I was in no mood to trifle,
I took down my trusty rifle
And went out to stalk my prey.
What a haul I made that day!
I tied them to my fender, and I drove them home somehow:
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.

The law was very firm, it
Took away my permit,
The worst punishment I ever endured.
It turned out there was a reason,
Cows were out of season,
And one of the hunters wasn't insured.

People ask me how I do it,
And I say "There's nothin' to it,
You just stand there lookin' cute,
And when something moves, you shoot!"
And there's ten stuffed heads in my trophy room right now:
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a pure-bred Guernsey cow.



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes
      *In the orchestral version of this song, the last two stanzas are repeated.

Taken fron This site which seems to have all Tom Lehrer's songs with MIDIs

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 04:22 AM

Chie Chaos: mentioned "Also...Ozzie Fudd, the Wabbit Swayer
With his black leather hunting outfit and twelve guage shotgun guitar
"
Reminiscent of the cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?" in which Elmer Fudd sings "Kill de Wabbit" ttto "Ride of the Valkyries", and ends with
"I did, I killed de wabbit!"

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: wordfella
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 07:15 AM

"Fur Coat" by a fella named Carruthers is brilliant, but I can't find it on the web. Nashville's banjo comic Mike Snider has a recording of it.

I'll keep looking...


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Genie
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 07:23 AM

The Fox - The goose, of course, gets eaten.

Froggy Went A Courtin' - Most versions end with the wedding party being swallowed up by a snake, etc.

Armadillos Waltz - One verse of this is about "armadillo stew" after the "armadillos waltz on the highway late at night" and a truck comes along.

El Burro - (Spanish) A lament for the town burro, who has died.

Gallo Del Cielo - Lyrics here in the forum. Gallo Del Cielo is a fighting cock that kills many an opponent but finally meets his match.

The Last Leviathan - OK, it's more about species extinction (actual or threatened) than about individual dead animals, but...

Barney - Ian Tyson sang this song about having to "put down" a beloved horse.

The Roadkill Connection - parody of "The Rainbow Connection"

Old Dog Tray - Stephen Foster - I can't remember if Tray dies in the song or not. But since it's a Civil War era song, he's no doubt dead by now. ;)

Kitty Popcorn - This is another Civil War era song, a real tear-jerker, about a dear departed kitty cat.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Sooz
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 09:10 AM

Les Barker's "May the turtle be unbroken" as sung by Derek Brimstone.


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