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Thread #108671   Message #2265410
Posted By: Irene M
18-Feb-08 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Repetitive/cumulative songs
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Repetitive/cumulative songs
At Hightown Fair, for two farthings, my father bought me a little white mouse. Along came a grey cat that ate up the white mouse, my father bought in the market square.
....Along came a black dog that chased off the grey cat....
....Along came a big stick that beat off the black dog...
....Along came fire and burned up the big stick
....Along came water and put out the fire...
....Along came an oxen that drank....
....Along came a butcher who slaughtered the oxen
....The angel off death came by and took off the butcher.

I heard this once (and learned it at the time) from Angelo Branduardi (if that's how you spell it) I think it may have Jewish origins maybe.