Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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474        Ballads and Songs of Michigan
200 THE TREE IN THE WOOD
For versions of a similar song with many variations see Fuson, pp. 87-88 Sharp, II, 281-282; and Williams, pp. 182-183.
The present version was sung in 1934 by Mr. Ben Bower, Beldmg, wh< learned the song as a child m Tompkins County, New York, about 1870. Thi song is sung at the Bower family reunions, and Mrs. Bower states that "it 1 sung so fast that anyone who isn't a Bower can't keep up."
i Out in the woods there was a little tree, The prettiest little tree that you ever did see, The tree in the woods, the woods in the ground, And the green grass grew all around, all around, And the green grass grew all around.
2   On that little tree there was a little limb, etc.
3   On that litde limb there was a little branch, etc.
4   On that little branch there was a little twig, etc.
5   On that little twig there was a little leaf, etc.
6   On that little leaf there was a litde nest, etc.
7   In that little nest there was a little egg9 etc.
8   In that little egg there was a little bird, etc.
9   On that litde bird there was a little spot, etc.
10 On that litde spot there was a little skeeter, The prettiest little skeeter that you ever did see, The skeeter on the spot, the spot on the bird, The bird in the eggf the egg in the nest, The nest on the leaf, the leaf on the twig, The twig on the branch, the branch on the limb, The limb on the tree, the tree in the woods, The woods in the ground, And the green grass grew all around, all around, And the green grass grew all around.







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