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THE RATTLING BOG
Traditional

Chorus:
Hey ho, the rattling bog,
The bog down in the valley-o,
Hey ho, the rattling bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

1. Now in this bog there was a tree.
A rare tree. A rattling tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

2. Now on this tree there was a limb.
A rare limb. A rattling limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

3. Now on this limb there was a branch.
A rare branch. A rattling branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

4. Now on this branch there was a twig.
A rare twig. A rattling twig.
Twig on a branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

5. Now on this twig there was a nest.
A rare nest. A rattling next.
Nest on a twig.
Twig on a branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

6. Now in this nest there was an egg.
A rare egg. A rattling egg.
Egg in a nest.
Nest on a twig.
Twig on a branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

7. Now on this egg there was a bird.
A rare bird. A rattling bird.
Bird on an egg.
Egg in a nest.
Nest on a twig.
Twig on a branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

8. Now on this bird there was a feather.
A rare feather. A rattling feather.
Feather on a bird.
Bird on an egg.
Egg in a nest.
Nest on a twig.
Twig on a branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

9. Now on this feather there was a flea.
A rare flea. A rattling flea.
Flea on a feather.
Feather on a bird.
Bird on an egg.
Egg in a nest.
Nest on a twig.
Twig on a branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

10. Now on this flea there was an eye.
A rare eye. A rattling eye.
Eye on a flea.
Flea on a feather.
Feather on a bird.
Bird on an egg.
Egg in a nest.
Nest on a twig.
Twig on a branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

11. Now in this eye there was a gleam.
A rare gleam. A rattling gleam.
Gleam in an eye.
Eye on a flea.
Flea on a feather.
Feather on a bird.
Bird on an egg.
Egg in a nest.
Nest on a twig.
Twig on a branch.
Branch on a limb.
Limb on a tree.
Tree in the bog
And the bog down in the valley-o.
Chorus:

Footnote: A fun Irish sing-along song, also known as ‘Bog Down in the Valley’, which was popularised by The Corries.  I am almost certain that I first heard it around a Boy Scout campfire, many more years ago than I would want to owe up to!

 

 


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