DESCRIPTION: "There was a farmer had a dog, And Bingo was his name, sir. B-I-N-G-O (x3), And Bingo was his name, sir." "That farmer's dog sat at our door, Begging for a bone, sir...." "The farmer's dog sat on the back fence...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1785 (_The Humming Bird_)
KEYWORDS: dog nonballad playparty
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(MW,NE,SE) Canada(Ont) West Indies(Jamaica) New Zealand
REFERENCES (17 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1618, "Bobbie Bingo" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 212, "Bingo" (1 text, tune referenced)
BrownIII 137, "Bingo" (1 text, which seems to be a device for learning the vowels)
BrownSchinhanV 137, "Bingo" (notes only); p. 537, "Bingo" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Linscott, pp. 168-169, "Bingo" (1 text, 1 tune, with an unusual chorus of "B with an I, I with an N, N with a G, G with an O, B-i-n-g-o, Called his name 'Old Bingo.'")
Opie-Game 117, "Bobby Bingo" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Sutton-Smith-NZ, p. 31, "(A farmer's dog lay on the mat)" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 390, "Bingo" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: The Humming Bird: or, A Compleat Collection of the Most Esteemed Songs (Canterbury, 1785 ("Digitized by Google")), #147 p. 399, ("The farmer's dog leapt over the style")
Emelyn E Gardner, "Some Play-Party Games in Michigan" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XXXIII, No. 128 (Apr 1920 (available online by JSTOR)), #3 pp. 93-94, Bingo" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Richard M. Dorson, _Buying the Wind: Regional Folklore in the United States_, University of Chicago Press, 1964, pp. 380-382, "Bingo" (1 text, 1 tune)
[Thomas Chandler Haliburton],"The author of 'Sam Slick'," editor, The Americans at Home (London, 1854 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. III, pp. 147-148, ("A farmer's dog sat on the barn-door") (1 text)
W.J. Wintemberg, "Folk-Lore Collected in Toronto and Vicinity" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XXXI, No. 120 (Apr 1918 (available online by JSTOR)), #62 p. 130 "Bingo" (1 text)
Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #88, "Bingo" (1 text, similar in form to Linscott's but spelling out various names and ending with Bingo's owner offering a girl a wedding ring: "Bingo," "Stingo," "Ring-o")
Henry Randall Waite, _Henry Randall Waite, _Carmina Collegensia: A Complete Collection of the Songs of the American Colleges_ first edition 1868, expanded edition, Oliver Ditson, 1876, p. 88 (1 text, 1 tune); new and enlarged edition, Oliver Ditson & Co., 1887, p. 38, "Bingo" (1 text, 1 tune, "as sung at Brown")
Olive Lewin, "Rock It Come Over" - The Folk Music of Jamaica (Barbados: The University of the West Indies Press, 2000), p. 73, "Bingo" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #589
Chubby Parker, "Bingo Was His Name" (Conqueror 7892, 1931)
Pete Seeger, "Bingo Was His Name" (on PeteSeeger11)

The Farmer's Dog
File: FSWB390D

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