“Animal Song”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (Gardner/Chickering)
Keywords: animal nonballad
Found in: US(MW)

Description

"Alligator, hedgehog, anteater, bear, Rattlesnake, buffalo, anaconda, hare." Similar stanzas list additional animals, with absolutely no commentary; it just lists species, often quite improbable (South Guinea hen, dodo, ibex, glowworm, snail)

Notes

Songs of this type typically are used for teaching, but given the strange and disorganized list of creatures, I doubt that is the case here. - RBW

References

  1. Gardner/Chickering 198, "Animal Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3710
  3. BI, GC198