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Q: Lyrics to Song ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Lyrics to Song
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: nosecone1023-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 26 Dec 2005 22:41 PST
Expires: 25 Jan 2006 22:41 PST
Question ID: 610025
What are the complete lyrics to the popular song that contains "I
don't know why she swallowed the fly, perphaps she'll die." It also
contains "she swallowed the X to catch the Y, swallowed the Y to catch
the Z," etc.
Subject: Re: Lyrics to Song
Answered By: juggler-ga on 26 Dec 2005 23:25 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Peter, Paul and Mary have the lyrics for a common version (copyrighted in 1952):

The popular version recorded by Burl Ives is slightly different,
featuring the last line, "She died, of course" instead of the more
upbeat "She's alive and well, of course!"
Also see:

Here's a bit on the history of the song:
"Alan Mills, ebullient Canadian singer came across these these verses
in a magazine, changed them a bit, added a few more, and added a tune.
Countless, future generations of children will enjoy the result."

search strategy:
"burl ives" "she swallowed the cat to"
"alan mills" "she swallowed the cat to"

I hope this helps.
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