Animal Song

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)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1935 (Gardner/Chickering)
KEYWORDS: animal nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Gardner/Chickering 198, "Animal Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #3710
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
File: GC198

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