Turkey In The Straw

Album: Folk Songs (1835)
  • 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

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