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For texts similar to the Michigan version see Eddy, No. 81; Flanders and Brown, pp. 119-120; Fuson, pp. 181-182, Stout, pp. 42-44; and Truitt, JAFL, XXXVI, 377~378. For a somewhat similar song and for English and American references see Cox, pp. 474-475.
The present version of this song was copied from a notebook in which Mrs. Edythe Woodbeck, Cleveland, Ohio, had written songs which she knew when she lived m Greenville, Michigan.
i A fox one night when the moon shone bright Prayed for the moon to afford more light; He had many miles to travel that night Before he reached the town O, town O, town O. He had many miles to travel that night Before he reached the town O, town O, town O.
2   When he reached the farmer's yard, The ducks and geese were much afeared. "The best of you shall grease my beard Before I leave the town O, town O, town O "
3   Old Mother Widdle Waddle j umped out of bed, And out of the window she popped her head, "John, John, John, the gray goose is dead, And the fox has come to the town O, town O,
town O."
4   John ran up to the top of the hill, And blew his bugle loud and shrill; "Ha, ha," said the fox, "there's music still,
But we are safe in the town O, town O, town O."
5   He threw her over across his back;
He made her go "Quack, quack, quack."
And her feet hung dangling down O, down O, down O.
6   He carried her off into his den Where he had children nine or ten. He ripped her up without knife or fork-While the young ones picked her bones O,
bones O, bones O.

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