A fox jumped up one winter’s night

One of my favourite songs- not a nursery rhyme as such, but sung to many children for many years. Today is the tenth anniversary of the birth of my first child- this one’s for her, with love from her own Mother Slipper Slopper.

A fox jumped up one winter’s night
And begged the moon to give him light
For he’d many miles to trot that night
Before he reached his den O!
Den O! Den O!
For he’d many miles to trot that night
Before he reached his den O!

The first place he came to was a farmer’s yard
Where the ducks and the geese declared it hard
That their nerves should be shaken and their rest so marred
By a visit from Mr Fox, O, Fox O, Fox O!
That their nerves should be shaken and their rest so marred
By a visit from Mr Fox, O!

He took the grey goose by the neck
And swung him right across his back
The grey goose called out Quack Quack Quack
With his legs hanging dangling down O, down O, down O!
The grey goose called out Quack Quack Quack
With his legs hanging dangling down O!

Old Mother Slipper Slopper jumped out of bed
And out of a window she popped her head
Oh John, John, John the grey goose is gone
And the fox is off to his den O! den O! den O!
Oh John, John, John the grey goose is gone
And the fox is off to his den O!

John ran up to the top of the hill
And blew his whistle loud and shrill
Said the fox, that is very pretty music still
I’d rather be in my den O! den O! den O!
Said the fox, that is very pretty music still
I’d rather be in my den O!

The fox went back to his hungry den
And his dear little foxes eight nine and ten
Quoth they Good daddy you must go there again
If you bring such good cheer from the farm O, farm O farm O
Quoth they Good daddy you must go there again
If you bring such good cheer from the farm O!

The fox and his wife, without any strife
Said they never ate a better goose in all their life
They did very well without fork or knoife
And the little ones picked the bones O, bones O, bones O!
They did very well without fork or knife
And the little ones picked the bones O!

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I am fascinated by children's songs, old and new, from around the world. I run Rhymetime, and am part of Tuning In, and have three children who humour me by listening to all the wonderful tunes I uncover!
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