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Thread #25358   Message #884471
Posted By: masato sakurai
06-Feb-03 - 10:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: Lyr Add: AUNT TABBIE
From Emelyn Elizabeth Gardner and Geraldine Jencks Chickering, eds., Ballads and Songs of Southern Michigan (1939; rpt. Folklore Associates, 1967, p. 466; text only):

             AUNT TABBIE

Version A
(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."

Version B
(Sung in 1931 by Mrs. C.C. Chickering, Belding)

3 Died in the woodshed, died in the woodshed,
    Died in the woodshed eating a crust of bread.