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Page 14 Mother, mother, I feel ill. Call the doctor from over the hill. Here comes the doctor, Here comes the nurse, Here comes the lady with the alligator purse. "Measles," said the doctor, "Measles," said the nurse, "Measles," said the lady with the alligator purse. Doctor, doctor, will I die? " Fudge, Fudge, tell the judge Mama's got a newborn baby. Wrap it up in toilet paper, Throw it down the elevator. Four floors stop. Two floors jump. Three floors shut your eyes, Count to ten, If you miss Take an end (of the rope).

I later found ''The Carrion Crow" as a children's song. The carrion crow sat on an oak Fol-de-riddle, lol-de-riddle, he-ding-do; Watching the tailor mend a coat, Fol-de-riddle, lol-de-riddle, he-ding-do. " Page 16 The tailor shot and missed the mark, And shot the miller's sow in the heart. " The old sow died and the bells did toll, And the piglets prayed for the old sow's soul. "The Carrion Crow" is old, as can be seen from the sound of it. Eloise Linscott in Folk Songs of Old New England believes that it was in circulation as early as 1489.

Texas Boys" is a traveler, as are most folk songs. The tune and general idea can be found in songs from Kentucky, Kansas, and Nebraska, at least. Carl Sandburg has a "Kansas Boys" in his American Songbag that has nine verses describing in detail the dangers of marrying a frontiersman. The dangers, you will notice, aren't Indians, Mexicans, or wild animals. The dangers lie in the character of the man himself, the frontiersman who was his own breed of cat and who was moving into the open spaces of the Southwest in order to live without the social restraints of the more sophisticated society back east.

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