As I was a-gwine down the road, Tired team and a heavy load, Crack my whip and the leader sprung, l seys day-day to the wagon tongue.
Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay, Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.
Went out to milk, and I didn't know how, I milked the goat instead of the cow. A monkey sittin' on a pile of straw, A-winkin' at his mother-in-law.
Met Mr. Catfish comin' down stream. Says Mr. Catfish, "What does you mean?" Caught Mr. Catfish by the snout, And turned Mr. Catfish wrong side out.
Came to a river and I couldn't get across, Paid five dollars for a blind old hoss; Wouldn't go ahead, nor he wouldn't stand still, So he went up and down like an old saw mill.
As I came down the new cut road, Met Mr. Bullfrog, met Miss Toad And every time Miss Toad would sing, Old Bullfrog cut a pigeon wing.
Oh I jumped in the seat and I gave a little yell The horses ran away, broke the wagon all to hell Sugar in the gourd and honey in the horn I never been so happy since the day I was born.
Lyrics from a song in Public Domain
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.