Archive for August 11th, 2009

Mischief Suggested By A Popular Song

August 11, 2009

Rain Barrel 1

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Rain Barrel 3

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The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) Jul 7, 1895

This cartoon caught my eye because I used to sing a version of the song being referred to above, albeit a more modern version. I hadn’t realized the song was so old, so I did a Google search and found the following:

From Google Answers:

The original song was entitled “I don’t want to play in your yard”, and was written by Philip Wingate and H.W. Petrie in 1894.

Posted by expertlaw-ga.
**This person also posted links to several other versions. (only the first two links work)

Here is the refrain from the original, and a link to the complete lyrics:

Refrain:
I don’t want to play in your yard,
I don’t like you anymore,
You’ll be sorry when you see me,
Sliding down our cellar door,
You can’t holler down our rainbarrel,
You can’t climb our apple tree,
I don’t want to play in your yard,
If you won’t be good to me.

NOTE: If you click the right most “melody” link (there are three melody links in the upper left corner) on the lyric page linked above, you can listen to the melody.