Lyrics

Ducks in the millpond,
Geese in the clover.
Fell in the millpond,
Got wet all over.

Rise, children gonna rise, gonna rise.
Rise, children gonna rise, gonna rise.


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Lyrics

1. Ducks in the millpond, a-geese in the clover,
A-fell in the millpond, a-wet all over.

Refrain
Lawd, Lawd, gonna get on a rinktum,
Lawd, Lawd, gonna get on a rinktum*.

2. Ducks in the millpond, a-geese in the clover,
Jumped in the bed, and the bed turned over. Refrain

3. Monkey in the barnyard, a-monkey in the stable,
Monkey get your hair cut as soon as you’re able. Refrain

4. Had a little pony, his name was Jack,
I put him in the stable and he jumped through a crack. Refrain

5. Ducks in the millpond, a-geese in the ocean,
A-hug them pretty girls if I take a notion. Refrain

*In Maine, a “Rinktum” has come to mean a party of folksingers. (source)


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