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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana            323
For other English and American versions, see Baring-Gould and Sharp, English Folk-Songs for Schools, p. 64; Brown, p. 12; Campbell and Sharp, II, 332; Cox, p. 474; Graham, Traditional Nursery Rhymes, p. 37; Halliwell, The Nursery Rhymes of England, 1842, p. 30; Hewett, Nummits and Crum-mits, p. 196; Journal, XXXVI, 377; Logan, A Pedlar's Pack of Ballads and Songs, p. 292; Williams, Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames, p. 247; White, American Negro Folk-Songs, p. 177.
"Old Miss Flipper Flopper." Sent in by Mrs. John W. Wright, of Aurora, Indiana. Dearborn County. Learned in North Vernon, Jennings County, from the singing of her grandfather. January 17, 1936.
1.    Old Miss Flipper Flopper flopped out of bed,
And out of the window she popped her head, Saying, "John, John, John, the gray goose is gone, And the fox is off to his den-O, den-O, den-O, And the fox is off to his den-O!"
2.   John ran out to the top of the hill
And blew a blast both loud and shrill ; The fox did say, "That's pretty music—still
I'd rather be off to my den-O, den-O, den-O, I'd rather be off to my den-O!"

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