“The Sow Took the Measles”


The singer founds his property on a sow. When the sow takes the measles and dies, he makes a saddle of her hide, a thimble of her nose, a whip of her tail, pickles and/or glue of her feet, etc.

Cross references


  1. Randolph 412, "The Measles in the Spring" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BrownIII 177, "My Old Sow's Nose" (1 text)
  3. Linscott, pp. 253-255, "The Old Sow Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Fuson, p. 185, "The Old Sow" (1 text, in which the old sow "died in the winter last spring")
  5. Lomax-FSNA 15, "The Sow Took the Measles" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 405, "The Sow Took The Measles" (1 text)
  8. Roud #17759
  9. BI, LoF015


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Fuson)
Found in: US(Ap,NE,So,SE)