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Posted By: Ebbie
13-Mar-05 - 07:59 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Once a Giant Came a-Wandering
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Once a Giant Came Wandering

Wonder if it's the one I learned when I was in first grade, also in a one-room schoolhouse. I used to believe that first graders were taught more complicated songs in 'the old days' because of this song and a couple of others. Much later I realized that in all likelihood the first graders weren't actually taught the song, but picked it up as the older grades learnt it.

Here is what I remember from what I learned in 1941 (I suspect it was written as an anti-totalitarian song:

Once a giant came awandering late at night when the world was still
Seeking for a stool to sit on, he climbed a little green hill
When he reached the highest part of it, sat him down on its very peak
Little Hill cried out at once in a faint and far away squeak:

Giant, Giant, I am under you
Move or this is the last of me!
But the Giant answered, Thank you!
I like it here, don't you see

I don't know if this helps. If Emily knows three stanzas, she must know this one. If there are more stanzas, I'd love to know them.