Little Boy Blue

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Little boy blue, come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn,
Where’s the boy who looks after the sheep,
He’s under the haystack fast asleep.
Will you wake him, no not I,
For if I do, he’s sure to cry.

This is one my personal all-time favourites. I love the words, the image of the little boy who is old enough to be given this responsibility, yet young enough to cry if woken up, and the tune is charming. It’s first know publishing date is around 1740 in Tommy Thumb’s Little Song Book.

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