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Adapted by Red Yarn from the traditional version, as sung by Aunt Molly Jackson and collected by Alan Lomax for 'Folk Songs of North America' (1960).


Rattlesnake, oh rattlesnake
What makes your teeth so white?
I been at the bottom all my life
And I ain’t done nothin but bite…

Muskrat, oh muskrat
What makes you smell so bad?
I been at the bottom all my life
Mortified in my head…

Groundhog, oh groundhog
What makes your back so brown?
It’s a wonder I don’t smotherfy
Livin down in the ground…

Rooster, oh rooster
What makes your claws so hard?
I been scratchin the gravel all my life
It’s a wonder I ain’t tired…

Jaybird, oh jaybird
What makes you fly so high?
I been robbin your cornpatch all my life
It’s a wonder I don’t die…

Rattlesnake, oh rattlesnake…


from The Deep Woods, released October 15, 2013
Andy Furgeson/Red Yarn: vocals, guitars, banjo
Jessie Eller-Isaacs: vocals
Dustin Dybvig: electronic drums, shaker
Will Trevor: fiddle
Peter Valois: bass synth, vocals



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Red Yarn Portland, Oregon

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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