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The Rattlin' Bog
Traditional, PD. Recorded by Darby O'Gill, "Waitin' for a Ride", 1996,
Dog Sheet Music. (et al).
Notes: A patter-song. In Ireland, this is a drinking song. In America it's
a Girl-Scout song. There are no squirrels in this song.
The Rattlin’ Bog Traditional
“Waitin’ for a Ride�, Darby O’Gill, 1996
(Reel, Key of G)

       G                                                       D
There was a bog; a great bog; a rare bog and a rattlin’ bog
G                                 D       G
‘Twas a bog down in the valley-o
            C                    G                      D
Ho ro, the rattlin’ bog, the bog down in the valley-o
G             C                    G                     D       G
Ho ro, the rattlin’ bog, the bog down in the valley-o

In that bog there was a hole; a rare hole and a rattlin’ hole
Hole in the bog and the bog down in the valley-o

From that hole there grew a tree…
On that tree there was a limb…
On that limb there was a branch…
On that branch there was a twig…
On that twig there was a nest…
In that nest there was an egg…
On that egg there was a bird…
On that bird there was a feather…
On that feather there was a mite…
On that mite there was a hair…

… hair on the mite, mite on the feather, feather on the bird, bird on the egg, egg on the
nest, nest on the twig, twing on the branch, branch on the limb, limb on the tree, tree in the
hole, hole in the bog and the bog down in the valley-o
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