Animal Fair (song)

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Animal Fair is a traditional folk song and children's song.

As early as 1898, it is attested as being sung by American sailors.[1] The song was attested in Life magazine in 1941 as a cadence of soft shoe tap dancing.[2]

Lyrics[edit]

The version attested in 1898 has the following lyrics:[1]

I went to the animal fair,
The birds and the beasts were there,
The old baboon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair
The monkey he got drunk
And fell on the elephant's trunk
The elephant sneezed and went down on his knees
And what became of the monk?

Other versions substituted "the old raccoon" (1915)[3] for "the little raccoon", while modern recordings use "the big baboon". At least one version substitutes "pubic hair" for "auburn hair". The Barney and Captain Kangaroo versions changed other lyrics as well.

Recordings[edit]

  • Sung in Barney & Friends episodes The Dentist Makes Me Smile (1993) and Barney's Super Singing Circus (2000).
  • Captain Kangaroo with Mitch Miller orchestra & The Sandpipers (1958)[4]
  • Sung by Richard Dreyfuss's character Moses Wine to his sons in the film "The Big Fix" (1978)[5]

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