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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
by Burl Ives



I know an old lady that swallowed a fly; I don't know why she swallowed a fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady that swallowed a spider that wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly, but I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady that swallowed a bird, how absurd to swallow a bird. She swallowed the bird to catch the spider that wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her, she swallowed the spider to catch the fly but I don’t know why she swallowed a fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady that swallowed a cat, imagine that she swallowed a cat! She swallowed a cat to catch the bird, she swallowed a bird to catch the spider that wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her, she swallowed the spider to catch the fly, but I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady that swallowed a dog, wasn't she a hog to swallow a dog? She swallowed a dog to catch the cat, she swallowed the cat to catch the bird, she swallowed a bird to catch the spider that wriggled and giggled and tickled inside her, she swallowed the spider to catch the fly; I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady that swallowed a goat, just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed a goat to catch the dog, she swallowed a dog to catch the cat, she swallowed the cat to catch the bird she swallowed the bird to catch the spider that wriggled and giggled and tickled inside her, she swallowed the spider to catch the fly; I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady that swallowed a cow; I don't know how she swallowed a cow! She swallowed a cow to catch the goat, she swallowed a goat to catch the dog, she swallowed a dog to catch the cat, she swallowed the cat to catch the bird she swallowed the bird to catch the spider that wriggled and giggled and tickled inside her, she swallowed the spider to catch the fly; I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady that swallowed a horse! She's dead of course.
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