Six Songs for Children


Singing folk songs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, John Collier Jr, Farm Security Administration 1943

Here are six very short songs selected from Ruth Crawford Seeger's books of children's songs "American Folk Songs for Children" and "Animal Folk Songs for Children." Most of these songlets last just a minute or less. Kids don't mind. You can sing it again. If they like the song you may have to sing it again.. and again... and again. This is especially true for a song like "Cross-eyed Gopher" which is best served with lots of tickling and laughing.

It is not required that a song make much or an sense. I give you "Cold and Frosty Morning" and "Dog Tick".

"Little Black Bull" is the only full-sized song here. I tossed it in at the last just because I enjoy playing it so much.

Lyrics: 

Cross-eyed Gopher

Hey, Cross-eyed Gopher
Poke him in the ribs and he'll turn over

Snake Baked a Hoe Cake

Snake baked a hoe cake and set the frog to watch
Frog fell a drowsing and the lizard came and took it
Bring back my hoe cake
You long tailed nanny oh.

Dog Tick
Dog Tick, dog dick
Dog Tick, tobacco worm
Why can't a dog tick dance like a bacca worm?

Of All the Beast-es

Of all the beast-es in the world I'd rather be a panther
I'd crawl up on the mountain side And cry for Susianna

Of all the beast-es in the world I'd rather be a panther
I'd eat all the chickens up the line and turkeys in Atlanta.

Cold and Frosty Morning

One cold and frosty morning just at the break of day
The possum roared the raccoon howled cause he began to freeze
He pull himself into a knot his knees up to his chin
And everything had to clear the track as he stretched out again

Old Jessie was a gentleman among the olden kind.

Little Black Bull

Little black bull come down the meadow
Hoosen Johnny, Hoosen Johnny.
Little black bull come down the meadow
Long time ago

Long time ago, Long time ago
Little black bull come down the meadow
Long time ago

First he’d paw and then he’d bellow

He whet his horn on a white-oak sapling

He stamped his hoof he shook the meadow

He pawed the dirt in the heifers’ faces

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