Bob the Rabbit

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Adapted by Red Yarn from the traditional “John the Rabbit” and “Rabbit Soup,” both African-American folk rhymes. I found “John the Rabbit” in Amy L. Cohn’s 'From Sea to Shining Sea' (1993) and “Rabbit Soup” in Langston Hughes’ & Arna Bontemps’ 'The Book of Negro Folklore' (1958).


Well, Bob the Rabbit (yessir)
You got a mighty bad habit (yessir)
Gettin in my garden (yessir)
Eatin all my cabbage (yessir)
Gettin in my carrots (yessir)
My sweet potatoes (yessir)
Eatin all my lettuce (yessir)
My fresh tomatoes (yessir)

And if I live to see next fall
Well I ain’t gonna have no garden at all

Oh, Bob the Rabbit (yessir)
You got a mighty bad habit (yessir)
And if I catch you (yessir)
I’m gonna let you have it! (no sir!)
I’m gonna tie your feet up (no sir!)
You mean little sinner (no sir!)
And then I’m gonna have me (no sir!)
Some rabbit for dinner (no sir!)

And if I live to see next fall…

Hop, hop, do the rabbit rabbit hop…
Rabbit soup rabbit sop
Rabbit ate my turnip top
Rabbit hop rabbit jump
Rabbit hide behind a stump
Rabbit stop twelve o’clock
Get a rabbit with a rock
Rabbit’s mine rabbit’s skinned
Clean him off and bring him in
Rabbit’s on dance and whoop
We’re gonna have some rabbit soup…


from The Deep Woods, released October 15, 2013
Andy Furgeson/Red Yarn: vocals, guitars, keyboard
Dustin Dybvig: drums
Peter Valois: bass
Community Singers: vocals
Bob Rabbit: vocals



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Red Yarn is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs & puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.

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