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466 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
For texts of this nursery song, which vary mainly in length, see Mellinger E Henry, "Nursery Rhymes and Game Songs from Georgia," JAFL, XLVII, 336; Lomax and Lomax, pp. 305-306, Perrow, ]AFL, XXVI, 130; and Scarborough, On the Trail of Negro Fol\-Songs, pp. 8, 195-196. For texts including the opening stanza of Michigan A see the Michigan text of "The Fox and the Goose" (stanza 3) and references, p 465. Version A was sung in 1931 by Mrs. Elmer Jencks, Kalkaska
1 Old Mother Slipper-Slopper jumped out of bed, Ran to the window, said, "O John, the old gray
goose is dead!
2 "Go tell Aunt Tabbie, go tell Aunt Tabbie, Go tell Aunt Tabbie the old gray goose is dead!
3 "One she'd been saving, one she'd been saving, One she'd been saving to make a feather bed.
4 "Died in the garden, died in the garden, Died in the garden for the want of bread."
Sung in 1931 by Mrs. C. C. Chickering, Belding.
A three-stanza text, with stanzas x and 2 almost identical with stanzas 2 and 3 of A. Stanza 3 follows:
3 Died in the woodshed, died in the woodshed, Died in the woodshed eating a crust of bread.