WHY THE FOX?

Oh the Fox Went Out

Traditional

Oh the fox went out on a chilly night,
he prayed to the Moon to give him light,
he had many a mile to go that night
before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o,
he had many a mile to go that night
before he reached the town-o.

He ran till he came to a great big bin
where the ducks and the geese were kept therein.
He said, “One of you critters gonna grease my chin
before I leave this town-o, town-o, town-o,
one of you critters gonna grease my chin
before I leave this town-o.”

Well, he grabbed the grey goose by the neck,
and threw the gray goose behind his back;
he didn’t mind the quack, quack, quack,
and their legs all dangling down-o, down-o, down-o,
he didn’t mind the quack, quack, quack,
and their legs all dangling down-o.

Old Mother Pitter Patter jumped out of bed,
out of the window she poked her head,
Crying, “John, John! The grey goose is gone
and the fox is on the town-o, town-o, town-o!”
Crying, “John, John, the grey goose is gone
and the fox is on the town-o!”

Then John he ran to the top of the hill,
blew his horn both loud and shrill.
The fox he said, “I’d better run with my kill
He’ll soon be on my trail-o, trail-o, trail-o.”
The fox he said, “I’d better run with my kill
Cause they’ll soon be on my trail-o.”

He ran till he came to his cozy den.
There were the little ones eight, nine, ten
They said, “Daddy, Daddy, better go back again,
’cause it must be a mighty fine town-o, town-o, town-o!”
They said, “Daddy, Daddy, better go back again,
’cause it must be a mighty fine town-o.”

Oh he gave the gray goose to his wife
who cut it up with his carving knife.
They never had such a feast in their life
and the little ones chewed on the bones-o, bones-o, bones-o,
they never had such a feast in their life
and the little ones chewed on the bones-o.

The Fox

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