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334 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
83 RACCOON'S GOT A BUSHY TAIL
Contributed by Miss Edith Del Hopkins, of Boonville, Indiana. War­rick County. July 26, 1935.
Stanza 1 appears in Campbell and Sharp, II, 330, and in Scarborough, pp. 165, 169. Stanza 2 appears in White, p. 232.
1.     Raccoon's got a bushy tail ;
Possum's tail is bare; Rabbit's got no tail at all—
Nothing but a little bunch of hair.
Chorus
Get along home, home, home;
Get along home, home, home;
Get along home, home, home;
Down the riverside.
2.    Someone stole my old 'coon dog;
They'd better bring him back. Chased the raccoon over the fence, And the rabbit through the crack.1
3.     If I had a scolding wife,
As sure as you are born, Pd take her down to New Orleans And trade her off for corn.
4.     I went up on the mountain
And gave my horn a blow; Thought I heard my true-love say, "0 yonder comes my beau!"
%I remember this song because the tune was the first I learned to play (with two fingers) on the old parlor organ. The words to this stanza, as I learned them, were
Somebody's stole my old coon dog;
I wish they'd bring him back. He chased the old ones over the fence
And the little ones through the crack.








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