Did You Go to the Barney

 

Lyrics

1. Did you go to the barney? Yes ma’am.
Did you see my mulie? Yes ma’am.
Did you ride my mulie? Yes ma’am.
And how did he ride?
He rocked just like a cradle,
He rocked just like a cradle.

2. Did you go to the barney? Yes ma’am.
Did you see my mulie? Yes ma’am.
Did you feed my mulie? Yes ma’am.
And what did you feed him?
I fed him corn and fodder.
I fed him corn and fodder.

3. Did you go to the millie? Yes ma’am.
Did you get any flour? Yes ma’am.
Did you bake any cakes? Yes ma’am.
And why did you bake them?
Oh I’ll marry next Thursday morning,
Oh I’ll marry next Thursday morning.

An online dictionary gives the definition of “barney” as:

1. a.  an argument.
b. a prizefight.
c.  a fight or brawl.
d.  a blunder or mistake.
2. a small locomotive used in mining and logging.

1b? 2? Your guess is as good as mine!

Use with beginning recorders on A and B. I like repeating the last phrase several times, getting softer each time: “He rocked just like a cradle, he rocked just like a cradle…”

Links

Below: Song pdf, Orff Arrangement & Recorder Countermelody (Notes: A,B) & midi

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