DESCRIPTION: "Clip, clap goes the mill by the swift running brook, clip, clap, By day and by night is the miller at work, clip clap! He grindeth the corn to make bread for the year, And with plenty of this we have nothing to fear; Clip clap...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Linscott)
KEYWORDS: miller work river nonballad
FOUND IN: US(NE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Linscott, pp. 240-241, "The Mill" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Linscott says of this, "This song in transition has lost its music-box characteristics, which are so apparent in the German form." A curious statement, since she never tells us what the German form is. - RBW
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