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Old Rattler

This song is by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and appears on the Compilation album The Lost Topic Tapes: Cowes Harbour 1957 (2004).

Rattler was a fine old dog, fine as he could be
Trap a possum in a hollow lop, never leave him be

Here Rattler here, here, here Rattler here
Come on Rattler from the barn, here Rattler here

Grandma had a yeller hen, we set her as you know
We set her on three buzzard eggs and hatched out one old crow

Here Rattler here, here, here Rattler here
Come on Rattler from the barn, here Rattler here

Grandpa had a muley cow, she was muley when she's born
It took a jaybird forty year to fly from horn to horn

Here Rattler here, here, here Rattler here
Come on Rattler from the barn, here Rattler here

Well if I had a needle and thread as fine as I could sew
I'd sew my sweetheart to my back and down the road I'd go

Here Rattler here, here, here Rattler here
Come on Rattler from the barn, here Rattler here

Here Rattler here, here, here Rattler here
Come on Rattler from the barn, here Rattler here

Last night I saw a big fat 'coon climb up in a tree
Went to get old Rattler to get 'im down fer me.

But Rattler wouldn't do it because he liked that 'coon
I saw them walkin' paw in paw later by the light of the moon

Here Rattler here, here, here Rattler here
Come on Rattler from the barn, here Rattler here

Here Rattler here, here, here Rattler here
Come on Rattler from the barn, here Rattler here

Written by:

J.K. Hunter