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Mister Ram Goat-O
Traditional. San Juan, Trinidad
Katherine Dines

    
This song is available on Katherine Dines' "Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Chant"

This song is also available as an individual download with lyrics:


 Animals, in African American tales, are often formally addressed as "Sister / Brother / Aunt/ Mister / etc. to demonstrate respect.

     You can also have the students create new lyrics that follow the original meter of this chant. An example appears in parentheses:


Mister Ram Goat-O
Bam-ban-dy ya!
Mister Ram Goat-O
Bam-ban-dy ya!
Can you lend me a razor?
Bam-ban-dy ya!
Bam-ban-dy ya!
It's to shave off my long beard
Bam-ban-dy ya!

(Pretty Kitty Cat)
(Me-ow me-ow!)
(Pretty Kitty Cat)
(Me-ow me-ow!)
(Can you find me a mousie?)
(Me-ow me-ow!)
(It's to practice my pouncing!)
(Me-ow me-ow!)

 

 

 

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Many thanks to Katherine Dines for permission to display these lyrics.
© Katherine Dines. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 

 
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