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Little Brown Dog

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Little Brown Dog

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Little Brown Dog

I buyed me a little dog, its color it was brown
I learned him to whistle, sing dance and run.
His legs they were fourteen yards long, His ears they were wide
Around the world in half a day and on him I could ride.
     Sing taddle o day.

I buyed me a little bull about four inches high
Everybody feared him that ever heard him cry
When he began to bellow it made such melodious sound,
Till all the walls from London came a-tumbling to the ground.
     Sing taddle o day.

I buyed me a flock of sheep, I thought they were all wethers
Sometimes they yielded wool, sometime they yoelded feathers.
I think mine are the best of sheep for yielding me increase
For every full and change of the moon they bring both lambs and geese,
     Sing taddle o day.

I buyed me a little box about four acres square
I filled it with guineas and silver so fair
O now I'm bound for turkey, I'll travel like an ox
In my breevhes pocket, I'll carry my little box
     Sing taddle o day.
I buyed me a little hen, all speckled gay and fair
I sat her on an oyster shell, she hatched me out a hare
The hare it sprang a handsome horse full fifteen hands full high
And him that tells a bigger tale would have to tell a lie
     Sing taddle o day.

From Animal Songs for Children, Ruth Crawford Seeger
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