Catholic Activity: Turkey in the Straw
Here is an appropriate Carnival song, thought to be the most American of all tunes.
1. As I was going down the road, A tired team an' a heavy load, I cracked my whip and the leader sprung and says, day day to the wagon tongue.
Refrain: Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay, Dance all night and work all day, Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuck-a-haw, And hit 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.
2. Oh, I went out to milk and I didn't know how; I milked a goat instead of a cow. A monkey sittin' on a pile of straw, A-winkin' his eye at his mother-in-law. — Refrain.
3. Turkey in the hay, turkey in the straw, The old gray mare won't gee nor haw, Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuck-a-haw And hit 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw. — Refrain.
4. Well I met Mister Catfish come down the stream, Says Mister Catfish what does you mean? I caught Mister Catfish by the snout. And I turned Mister Catfish wrong side out. — Refrain
5. As I came down the new cut road, Met Mister Bullfrog met Miss Toad, And every time Miss Toad would sing Ole Bullfrog cut a pigeon wing. — Refrain.
Activity Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955