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Aiken Drum

                How to Play Aiken Drum's Ladle and Razor

     It's fun to "play a ladle" and "play a razor" along with the verse. 
Only you shouldn't use a real razor, of course. Use a table knife that's not sharp for a razor. 
When you "play a ladle" you hit the ladle with the knife.
When you "play the razor" you hit the knife with the ladle.
And you only "play" along with the lines that are marked with an asterisk at each end.
(This is an asterisk:  * .) 

     Now, bang away and see if you can "play" your ladle and razor without getting mixed up.

Aiken Drum

1.   There was a man lived in the moon, 
          Lived in the moon, lived in the moon;
     There was a man lived in the moon, 
          And his name was Aiken Drum.
               * And he played upon a ladle; *
               * And his name was Aiken Drum. *

2.   And his hat was made of good cream cheese,
          Good cream cheese, good cream cheese;
     And his hat was made of good cream cheese,
          And his name was Aiken Drum.
               * And he played upon a ladle; *
               * And his name was Aiken Drum. *

3.   And his coat was made of good roast beef, 
          Good roast beef, good roast beef;
     And his coat was made of good roast beef,
          And his name was Aiken Drum.
               * And he played upon a ladle; *
               * And his name was Aiken Drum. *

4.   And his buttons were made of penny loaves, 
          Penny loaves, penny loaves;
     And his buttons were made of penny loaves 
          And his name was Aiken Drum.
               * And he played upon a ladle; *
               * And his name was Aiken Drum. *

5.   And his waistcoat was made of crust of pies, 
          Crust of pies, crust of pies;
     And his waistcoat was made of crust of pies,
          And his name was Aiken Drum.
               * And he played upon a ladle; *
               * And his name was Aiken Drum. *

6.   And his breeches were made of haggis bags, 
          Haggis bags, haggis bags;
     An his breeches were made of haggis bags,
          And his name was Aiken Drum.
               * And he played upon a ladle; *
               * And his name was Aiken Drum. *

7.   There was another man in another town, 
          Another town, another town;
     There was a man in another town,
          And his name was Willy Wood.
               * And he played upon a razor; * 
               * And his name was Willy Wood. *
 

"Breeches" are trousers. 
"Haggis" is a favorite dish in Scotland.  It is made of a sheep or calve's liver, heart, and lungs mixed with chopped onions, herbs, spices, and oatmeal.  It's lot like "dressing" or "stuffing."  What makes it seem strange is that it is cooked in the leftover stomach-bag (haggis-bag) of the animal.

8.  And he ate up all the good cream cheese, 
          Good cream cheese, good cream cheese;
     And he ate up all the good cream cheese,
          And his name was Willy Wood.
               * And he played upon a razor; * 
               * And his name was Willy Wood. 

9.  And he ate up all the good roast beef,
          Good roast beef, good roast beef;
     And he ate up all the good roast beef,
          And his name was Willy Wood.
               * And he played upon a razor; * 
               * And his name was Willy Wood. *

10.  And he ate up all the penny loaves, 
          Penny loaves, penny loaves;
     And he ate up all the penny loaves,
          And his name was Willy Wood.
               * And he played upon a razor; * 
               * And his name was Willy Wood. *

11.  And he ate up all the good pie crust, 
          Good pie crust, good pie crust;
     And he ate up all the good pie crust,
          And his name was Willy Wood.
               * And he played upon a razor; * 
               * And his name was Willy Wood. *

12.  But he choked upon the haggis bags,
          Haggis bags, haggis bags;
     But he choked upon the haggis bags,
          And that ended Willy Wood.
               * And he played upon a razor; * 
               * And his name was Willy Wood. *

     Willy Wood!    (hold up the knife "razor:)
     Aiken Drum!    (hold up the ladle)
     The END!       (hit the knife and razor together one last time)
 

from "Mother Goose Family Cookbook: Rhymes & Recipes; Activities & Histories,"
Gloria T. Delamar  - forthcoming,

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