So there’s this old lady, see, and she starts inexplicably swallowing a series of larger and larger animals…
Rose Bonne penned this absurd ode to consumption in 1951; Canadian folk singer
Alan Mills wrote the music. A memory game for young ones, the song is cumulative
and employs funky rhyme schemes to hold its pieces together. Burl Ives, then one
of the most popular singer-songwriters in the world, recorded the song in 1963,
launching an instant hit on the folk circuit among young and old alike.
This poor woman and her ill-fated attempts to remove her imbibed insect do deserve some sympathy. The average person accidentally swallows about 430 bugs per year.