West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature: Humor

The Piggy Song


Compare the text of this pig song to that of the one Mrs. Collins sings.

There was an old couple who bought a little pig,
Hum, hum, hum.
Well, there was an old couple who bought a little pig,
It didn't cost much for it wasn't very big,
Hum, hum, hum.

This little pig did lots of harm,
Hum, hum, hum.
Oh, this little pig did lots of harm,
The plagued little thing ran all around the farm,
Hum, hum, hum.

The little pig died for want of breath,
Hum, hum, hum.
Oh, the little pig died for want of breath,
Wasn't that an awful death,
Hum, hum, hum.

Oh, the old man died on account of grief,
Hum, hum, hum.
Oh, the old man died on account of grief,
Wasn't that a great relief,
Hum, hum, hum.

The old woman weeped and she moaned and she cried,
Hum, hum, hum.
Oh, the old woman weeped and she moaned and she cried,
And then she laid right down and died,
Hum, hum, hum.

There they lay all three on the shelf,
Hum, hum, hum.
Oh, there they lay all three on the shelf,
If you want any more, you can sing it yourself,
Hum, hum, hum.


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