I Had a Little Puppy (Pussy Willow, Hot Dog)

DESCRIPTION: Riddle-song, with a description of something (cat, dog, etc.) that actually describes something else. E.g., 'I had a little puppy, it had a stubby tail... you buy it at a butcher's shop" (describing a hot dog)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1972
KEYWORDS: wordplay riddle nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 68, "Pussy Willow" (1 text, tune described but not printed)
Roud #10248
NOTES: There are a whole class of songs of this sort. I learned "I had a little puppy" somewhere in an (obviously mis-spent) youth, and also heard "pussy willow" many years ago. Both use the same tune (or, rather, tune device: Each word in a line sung to a single note, with each line one note higher than the preceding). I imagine there are more of these things around. I'll just lump them here. - RBW
File: PHCFS068

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