“Wallabug”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Warner)
Keywords: nonsense animal nonballad
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Sundry silliness: "Bought an old cow from Farmer Jones, She weren't nothing but skin and bones. Fattened her up as fine as silk; She jumped the fence and skimmed her milk. Wallabug, wallabug, you can't fool me...."

Supplemental text

Wallabug
  Complete text(s)

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From Anne Warner, Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne &
Frank Warner Collection, #164, p. 371-372. From the singing of
Martha Ann Midgette of North Carolina. Collected 1941.

Bought an old cow from Farmer Jones,
She weren't nothing but skin and bones.
Fattened her up as fine as silk,
She jumped the fence and skimmed her milk.

Chorus:
Wallabug, wallabug, you can't fool me.
I'll be as good as I can be.
If you see a wallabug night or day,
Make a noise like a wallabug and roll away.

There was an old woman of Oisocket,
She put her false teeth in her pocket,
She put her pipe up on the shelf,
She sat right down and bit herself.
    Chorus

References

  1. Warner 164, "Wallabug" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, WALLABUG*
  3. ST Wa164 (Full)
  4. Roud #7483
  5. BI, Wa164