Sung by: Mrs. W.B. Apple
Recorded in Huff, AR 1/1/62

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(Mrs. Apple: "This is a very old version of 'When I Was a Little Boy'")

When I was a little boy just began to . . . (?),
Had six horses all in a row.

Chorus: Come a vee-vie-veddle,
On my jack-jack straddle,
I’m a little boy under the bloom.

Trade my horses off for a cow,
Ain’t that a pretty thing to milk now.


Trade my cow off for a goose,
Ain’t that a pretty thing to put on the roost.


Trade my goose off for a hen,
Ain’t that a pretty thing to put in a pen.


Trade my hen off for a mouse,
Set his tail afire and burnt up the house.


Also found in Randolph, Vol. III, #357, “When I Was a Little Boy”; Brown, Vol. II, #196, “Swapping Songs.”

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

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Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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