#02612
Rattlin' Bog (Irish Descendants) video
See also: Rattlin' Bog (Crimson Pirates-NYRF)
And also: Tree On A Hill (MacEdward Leach)
And also: Upside Down Story (MacEdward Leach)
#1063: YouTube video by Notasthinkasudrunkim
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

Well, in the bog there was a hole,
a rare hole, a rattlin' hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

Well, in the hole there was a tree,
a rare tree, a rattlin' tree,
Tree in the hole, and the hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

On the tree there was a branch,
a rare branch, a rattlin' branch,
Branch on the tree, and the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

On the branch there was a limb,
a rare limb, a rattlin' limb,
Limb on the branch,
and the branch on the tree,
and the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

Well, on the limb there was a nest,
a rare nest, a rattlin' nest,
Nest on the limb, and the limb on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
and the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

In the nest there was a bird,
a rare bird, a rattlin' bird,
Bird in the nest, and the nest on the limb,
and the limb on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
and the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

In the bird there was an egg,
a rare egg, a rattlin' egg,
Egg in the bird, bird in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree, tree in the hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

In the egg there was a bird,
a rare bird, a rattlin' bird,
Bird in the egg, egg on the bird,
bird in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree, tree in the hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

On the bird there was a feather,
a rare feather, a rattlin' feather,
Feather on the bird, bird on the egg,
egg on the bird,
Bird in the nest, nest on the limb,
limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree, tree in the hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

On the feather there was a worm,
a rare worm, a rattlin' worm
Worm on the feather, feather on the bird,
bird on the egg,
Egg on the bird, bird in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree, tree in the hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

On the worm there was a hair,
a rare hair, a rattlin' hair,
Hair on the worm, worm on the feather,
Feather on the bird, bird on the egg,
Egg on the bird, bird in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree, tree in the hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

On the hair there was a louse,
a rare louse, a rattlin' louse,
Louse on the hair, hair on the worm,
worm on the feather,
Feather on the bird, bird on the egg,
Egg on the bird, bird in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree, tree in the hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

On the louse there was a tick,
a rare tick, a rattlin tick,
Tick on the louse, louse on the hair,
Hair on the worm, worm on the feather,
Feather on the bird, bird on the egg,
Egg on the bird, bird in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree, tree in the hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

On the tick there was a rash,
a rare rash, a rattlin' rash,
Rash on the tick, and the tick on the louse,
and the louse on the hair,
Hair on the worm, worm on the feather,
Feather on the bird, bird on the egg,
Egg on the bird, bird in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree, tree in the hole,
Hole in the bog,
and the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

Oh ho the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o;
Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

Rare bog, the rattlin' bog,
the bog down in the valley-o.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century cumulative song, Tree In The Wood ....####
This variant recorded by Irish Descendants (Misty Morning Shore, trk#10, 1991, recorded at First City Studios, St John's, NL, manufactured by Cinram for First City Productions Inc); and (Gypsies & Lovers / The Irish Descendants, trk#8, 1994, WEA, Scarborough, Ontario); and (So Far So Good : The Best Of The Irish Descendants, trk#7, 1999, Warner Music Canada Ltd, Scarborough, Ontario); and (We Are The Irish Descendants, trk#7, 2004, Kells Music, Green Island, New York).

See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

A variant was collected in 1950 as Upside Down Story from Theresa White [ca.1934-?] of Port au Port, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1950 as Tree On A Hill from Michael (Mike) A Kent [1904-1997] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected by MacEdward Leach and published as #107, The Stump, in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast by the National Museum of Canada (Ottawa, 1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was also collected by Maud Karpeles [1885-1976] and published as #88, The Tree In The Wood, in Folk Songs From Newfoundland (Faber & Faber, London, 1971; also Oxford, 1934).



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