Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay,
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw
And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw
song, based on a fiddle tune called Natchez Under the Hill
, which itself was based on earlier works My Grandmother Lived on Yonder Little Green
and the Irish
or Scottish ballad The Old Rose Tree
. The tune was also popular on the fife
during the Civil War
How I learned it:
The old crow flew through the country store
And he -pffft- on the counter and he -pfffft- on the floor
And he -pffft- in the coffee and he -pfffft- in the tea
and if I hadn't moved he would have -pffft- on me.
Turkey in the straw (ha-ha-ha)
Turkey in the hay (hey-hey-hey)
The bullfrog danced with his mother-in-law
And fiddled up a tune called
Turkey in the straw
As I was a-gwine down the road,
With a tired team and a heavy load,
I crack'd my whip and the leader sprung,
I says day-day to the wagon tongue.
Went out to milk and I didn't know how
I milked the goat instead of the cow
A monkey sittin' on a pile of straw
A-winkin' at his mother-in-law
Met Mr. Catfish comin' down stream.
Says Mr. Catfish, "What does you mean?"
Caught Mr. Catfish by the snout,
And turned Mr. Catfish wrong side out.
Came to a river and I couldn't get across
So I paid five dollars for a blind old hoss
He wouldn't go ahead nor he wouldn't stand still
So he went up and down like an old saw mill
As I came down the new cut road,
Met Mr. Bullfrog, met Miss Toad
And every time Miss Toad would sing,
Old Bullfrog cut a pigeon wing.
Oh I jumped in the seat and I gave a little yell
The horses ran away, broke the wagon all to hell
Sugar in the gourd and honey in the horn
I never been so happy since the day I was born.
Did you ever go fishin' on a warm summer day
When all the fish were swimmin' in the bay
With their hands in their pockets and their pockets in their pants
Did you ever see a fishie do the Hootchy-Kootchy dance?
Other songs with the same or similar tunes:
Nelson, Lesley. "Turkey in the Straw." Popular Songs in American History. 20 January 1999. <http://www.contemplator.com/america/turkeyis.html> 17 January 2001.