This is a song my Mum used to sing to my sisters and I when we were little. All these years I thought she made it up but now after a quick search I see that it’s everywhere and that there’s a bit of variation in the lyrics, so this version is according to my Mum with commentary by Indi my 3.5 year old…
The fox went out one chilly night.
And he begged for the moon to give him light
For he’d many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town – o.
Indi: Why did he have to go far?
Me: Because he was hungry and he needed to find some dinner for his family.
Me: Because it was his job to feed his family
Me: Just listen to the rest of the song
He ran ’til he came to a great big pen
Where the ducks and the geese were put there-in
A couple of you will grease my chin
Before I leave this town – o.
Indi: Why did they put the geese there?
Me: So they didn’t get away.
Indi: Why didn’t they want them to get away?
Me: Because they wanted to eat their eggs.
He grabbed the grey goose by the neck,
And swung her half way across his back.
He didn’t mind the quack quack quack
And the legs all danglin’ down – o.
Indi: Why were the legs dangling down?
Me: Because he put the goose on his back.
Me: So that he could run home.
Old mother flipper flopper leaped out of bed.
Out of the window she cocked her head
John, John, the grey goose is gone
And the fox is on the town – o.
Indi: Who is John?
Me: Mrs Flipper Flopper’s husband.
He ran till he came to his cozy den;
There were the little ones eight nine ten.
They said: daddy better go back again
‘Cause it mus be a mighty fine town – o.
Indi: What’s a den?
Me: It’s a fox house.
Indi: Who are the little ones?
Me: His children.
Then the fox and his wife without any strife,
Cut up the goose with a fork and knife.
They never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones – o.
Indi: Oh, they cut up the goose?
Indi: That’s not good is it?
Me: Well that’s just the way things are sometimes.
Indi: But they all ate the goose? That’s sad.
Me: Well animals have to survive so they eat other animals or plants and that’s just the way things work.
Indi: Oh, but that’s sad.