Who Killed Poor Robin?

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Adapted by Red Yarn from the traditional “Cock Robin.” This song traces back to an ancient (15th century?) English nursery rhyme. I learned it from Alan Lomax’ 'Folk Songs of North America' (1960).

lyrics

Who killed poor Robin?
Who killed poor Robin?
“I,” said the sparrow
“With my little bow and arrow
It was I, oh it was I”

Who caught his blood-o?
Who caught his blood-o?
“I,” said the fish
“With my little silver dish
It was I, oh it was I”

Who sewed his shroud-o?
Who sewed his shroud-o?
“I,” said the eagle
“With my little thread and needle
It was I, oh it was I”

Who made the coffin?
Who made the coffin?
“I,” said the quail
“With my hammer and my nail
It was I, oh it was I”

Who dug his grave-o?
Who dug his grave-o?
“I,” said the owl
“With my little wooden trowel
It was I, oh it was I”

Who lowered him down-o?
Who lowered him down-o?
“I,” said the crane
“With my little golden chain
It was I, oh it was I”

Who read the preachment?
Who read the preachment?
“I,” said the rook
“With my little holy book
It was I, oh it was I”

Who killed Cock Robin?

credits

from The Deep Woods, released October 15, 2013
Andy Furgeson/Red Yarn: vocals, guitar, mandolin
Jessie Eller-Isaacs: vocals
Dustin Dybvig: drums
Will Trevor: fiddle, vocals
Peter Valois: bass, vocals
Brian Garvey: trumpet

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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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