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The Sow Took the Measles

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The Sow Took the Measles is a fun arrangement of the traditional Yankee farmer song. It's a rollicking and funny piece that offers mixed high school or junior high school choirs a lighter concert option. It also works well as a humorous encore piece. It includes several musical quotes, including When the Saints Go Marching In, Camptown Races, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Knick Knack Paddy Whack, all linked by the traditional The Sow Took the Measles melody. A great opportunity for a choir to ham it up onstage!

Great for Junior or Senior High choirs.


- SATB, Piano
- Traditional American Folk Song with additional lyrics by Lane Johnson
- Level: Easy
- Duration: ~3:35

Published by Walton Music
Distributed by Hal Leonard

Text

When I was young I bought me a plough
A couple of chickens and a little black sow.
Chickens or ducks or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.
(with an oink, oink here and an oink, oink there)

What do you think I made of her hide?
The very best saddle tha'cha ever did ride.
Saddle 'r whip 'r iny such thang,
The sow tuk the measles and she died (yeehaw) in the spring.

Who's afraid of the big fat sow? The big fat sow, the big fat sow?
(She was a fat sow after all, she didn't care about cholesterol)
Who's afraid of the big fat sow! We're not cause she's dead!
(This was the cause of her big fat head and now she's dead!)

What do you think I made of her nose?
The very best thimble that did ever sew clothes.
Thimble or thread or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

Oh when the sow is carried in,
Oh when the sow is carried in,
Oh I can't wait to sit at the table,
when the sow is carried in.
(With an oink, oink here and an oink, oink there, everywhere an oink, o--ee--nk!)

What do you think I made of her feet?
The very best pickles that you ever did eat.
Pickles or glue or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

Mary had a big fat sow, but it took sick and died somehow,
Mary had a sow, but now, she's got some pork and beans!

The old fat sow just died today,
Doodah, doodah.
Now ham dinner's on the way,
Oh doodah day.
(With an oink, oink here and an oink, oink there, everywhere an oink, oink)

The sow took the measles and she died in the spring,
Now ham dinner's on the way!
Oh what a doodah (abadee, abadee, abadee, that's all y'all) ...day!

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