Alphabet Song (Kenneth Peacock) score


"A" was an apple which growed on a tree,
And "B" was the baby so good as could be,
And "C" was a cat with her kittens did play,
And "D" was a dog and his name was Old Trey.

"E" was an eagle so fierce and so free,
And "F" was a fish deep down in the sea,
And "G" was a goat with her gamboling tricks,
And "H" was a hen with her dear little chicks.

"I" was an isle and no prayer I could hear,
And "J" was a jug full of water so clear,
And "K" was a kite flew high in the air,
And "L" was a lion just come from the lair.

"M" was a moth, with a flame it did fly,
And "N" was a nest where six pretty eggs lie,
And "O" was an ox full of grass and fresh hay,
And "P" was a peep fond of eating all day.

"Q" was our queen, and long may she live,
And "R" was a robin some crumbs may she give,
And "S" was a swan with her white downy wing,
And "T" was a tulip first out in the spring.

"U" was our umbrella, shelters us from the rain,
And "V" was a vase, sweet flowers to contain,
And "W" was a watch, ladies wore by their side,
And "X" was a cross on which a good man had died,
And "Y" was a yoke on the neck of a place,
And "Z" was a zebra, just come from the race.

####.... Author unknown ....####
Collected in 1958 from Mrs Charlotte Decker [1884-1967] of Parson's Pond, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.4-5, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that Aunt Charlotte sang this variant in two different years using a completely different tune which surprised him because she was one of the most gifted singers in Newfoundland. When he questioned her about it, she said in a strong Newfoundland accent that the air may be different but the heart's the same.

Note: Gamboling - running or jumping about playfully.


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