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The Little Sheep and the Big Sheep Went Gathering Nuts

Gwilym Major (1906 - 96)

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The little sheep and the big sheep went gathering nuts. The little sheep fell down and cut her head. ''Whew!' went the big sheep to fetch a white hair from the head of the calf to bind the head of the little sheep who's over in the woods. And the calf said: 'No I won't, the cow won't give me any milk.'

Oh, cow, oh, cow, give the calf some milk. Oh, calf, oh, calf, give a white hair from your head to bind the head of the little sheep who's down in the woods.
'No, I won't,' [said the cow], 'the mountain won't give me any green grass.'

Oh, mountain, oh, mountain, give the cow some green grass. Oh, cow, oh, cow, give the calf some milk. Oh, calf, oh, calf, give a white hair from your head to bind the head of the little sheep who's over in the woods.
'No, I won't,' said the mountain, 'the bird won't give me a song.'

Oh, bird, oh, bird, give the mountain a song. Oh, mountain, oh, mountain, give the cow some green grass. Oh, cow, oh, cow, give the calf some milk. Oh, calf, oh, calf, give a white hair from your head to bind the head of the little sheep who's over in the woods.
'No I won't,' [said the bird], 'the shoemaker won't give me any shoes.'

Oh, shoemaker, oh, shoemaker, give the bird some shoes. Oh, bird, oh, bird, give the mountain a song. Oh, mountain, oh, mountain, give the cow some green grass. Oh, cow, oh, cow, give the calf some milk. Oh, calf, oh, calf, give a white hair from your head to bind the head of the little sheep who's over in the woods.
'No I won't,' [says the shoemaker], 'the pig won't give me a bristle.'

Oh, pig, oh, pig, give the shoemaker a bristle. Oh, shoemaker, oh, shoemaker, give the bird some shoes. Oh, bird, oh, bird, give [the mountain a song. Oh, mountain], oh, mountain, give the cow some green grass. Oh, cow, oh, cow, give the calf some milk. Oh, calf, oh, calf, give a white hair from your head to bind the head of the little sheep who's over in the woods.
'No I won't,' said the pig, 'the maid won't give me any food.'

Oh, maid, oh, maid, give the pig some food. Oh, pig, oh, pig, give the shoemaker the bristle. Oh, shoemaker, oh, shoemaker, give the bird some shoes. Oh, bird, oh, bird, give the mountain a song. Oh, mountain, oh, mountain, give the cow some green grass. Oh, cow, oh, cow, give the calf some milk. Oh, calf, oh, calf, give a white hair from your head to bind the head of the little sheep who's over in the woods.

And 'Whew' went the maid, with food for the pig. And 'Whew' went the pig, with a bristle for the shoemaker. And 'Whew' went the shoemaker, with shoes for the bird. And 'Whew' went the bird, with a song for the mountain. And 'Whew' went the mountain, with green grass for the cow. And 'Whew' went the cow, with milk for the calf. And 'Whew' went the calf, with a white hair from his head. And the head of the little sheep who was over in the woods was bound.


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