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Thread #25358   Message #296828
Posted By: Stewie
13-Sep-00 - 09:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: Lyr Add: GO TELL AUNT RHODY (from Pickard Family)
The Pickard Family's recording has been reissued on Various Artists 'The Story the Crow Told Me: Early American Rural Children's Songs from the 1920s and 1930s Vol 1' Yazoo CD 2051. No recording date or source info is given. The lyrics differ from the better known version - gander, goslings etc - but has the familiar tune.

Go tell Aunt Rhody (x3)
The old grey goose is dead

She died in the haystack (x3)
With a toothache in her heel

'Twas the one she was saving(x3)
To make a feather bed

We'll bury her at daybreak
Just like Aunt Rhody said

The barnyarn is mourning(x3)
And waiting to be fed

Aunt Rhody's weeping (x3)
For the old grey goose is dead

We'll all join the chorus, the grave is before us
'Twas dug with the shovel of old Uncle Ned

We'll eat no more goose eggs(x3)
For the old grey goose is dead