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Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - traditional   Print Story 

The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Traditional American Story/Song - recorded by Mike Lockett, The Normal Storyteller

            

 

There was an Old Lady, who swallowed a fly.

But, I don't know why, she swallowed the fly. 

Perhaps, she'll die!

 

I know an Old Lady who swallowed a spider." 

It wiggled and tickled and jiggled "inside her."

She swallowed the spider to catch "the fly.

But I don't know why she swallowed the fly.

Perhaps, she'll die!

 

I know an Old Lady who swallowed a bird.

How absurd - to swallow a bird!

She swallowed the bird to catch the spider

It wiggled and tickled and jiggled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. 

But I still don't know why she swallowed the fly.

Perhaps, she'll die!

 

I know an Old Lady who swallowed a cat."

Imagine that!  She swallowed a cat!

She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.

She swallowed the bird to catch the spider

It wiggled and tickled and jiggled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.

But I still don't know why she swallowed the fly.

Perhaps, she'll die!

 

I know an Old Lady who swallowed  a dog.

What a hog!  She swallowed a dog!

She swallowed a dog to catch the cat.

She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.

Swallowed the bird to catch the spider

It wiggled and tickled and jiggled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.

But I still don't know why she swallowed the fly.

Perhaps, she'll die!

 

I know an Old Lady who swallowed a goat.

It stuck in her throat, that silly old goat.

She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,

Swallowed the dog to catch the cat,

Swallowed the cat to catch the bird,

Swallowed the bird to catch the spider

It wiggled and tickled and jiggled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.

But I still don't know why she swallowed the fly.

Perhaps, she'll die!

 

I know an Old Lady who swallowed a cow.

I don't know how she swallowed a cow.

But, she swallowed the cow to catch the goat,

Swallowed the goat to catch the dog,

Swallowed the dog to catch the cat,

Swallowed the cat to catch the bird,

Swallowed the bird to catch the spider

It wiggled and tickled and jiggled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.

But I still don't know why she swallowed the fly.

Perhaps, she'll die!

 

I know an Old Lady who swallowed a horse.

She's DEAD, of course!



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