I Knew An Old Lady
My 7-year old daughter‘s favorite “lullaby” for me to sing is “I Knew An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly”. When there isn’t time for an entire concert of lullabies I let her pick a song and finish with my permanent encore, “The Cuppycake Song“. Inevitably her choice is “I Knew An Old Lady”.
Last night, by the time I reached “I knew an old lady who swallowed a horse”, she was prepared to cut me off and end with “swallowed a buck”. Improv everywhere.
After the lady swallowed a buck (oh, what luck! she swallowed a buck!) I was shocked to find out that the lady had also swallowed a bull. (She was so full! She swallowed a bull!)
It will be interesting to find out what she swallowed between the bull and horse the next time around.
Also, take a minute to, in one breath, sing “She swallowed the bull to catch the buck, she swallowed the buck to catch the cow, she swallowed the cow to catch the goat, she swallowed the goat to catch the dog, she swallowed the dog to catch the cat, she swallowed the cat to catch the bird, she swallowed the bird to catch the spider that wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her…”