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Also known as: “Bill Grogan’s Goat”

"The Old Man's Goat" Lyrics, Text Format

Concentrating on the dominant, submediant, and leading tone.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: Traditional*
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCAABCD
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta ta | – walking quarter notes
  • Pitches: intermediate: Mi So La Ti Do Re
  • Intervals: advanced: La\Mi, Mi/So, Do\La, So/Do, La/Do, Ti\So
  • Musical Elements: note: quarter note; echo song, singing in parts
  • Key Words: vocabulary builder, goat, kid (homonym), red, shirts, railroad, railroad track, whistle, train, shrieks, coughed, green, fright, indeed, note, frisk, right (homonym), pain, flagged

* Also known as Bill Grogan’s Goat

“The Old Man’s Goat”

“Bill Grogan’s Goat”
1. There was a man (There was a man)
Now please take note (Now please take note)
There was a man (There was a man)
Who had a goat. (Who had a goat.)
He loved that goat (He loved that goat)
Indeed he did (Indeed he did)
He loved that goat (He loved that goat)
Just like a kid. (Just like a kid.)
One day that goat (One day that goat)
Felt frisk and fine (Felt frisk and fine)
Ate three red shirts (Ate three red shirts)
Right off the line. (Right off the line.)
4. The man, he grabbed (The man, he grabbed)
Him by the back (Him by the back)
And tied him to (And tied him to)
A railroad track .(A railroad track)
5. Now, when that train (Now, when that train)
Hove into sight (Hove into sight)
That goat grew pale (That goat grew pale)
And green with fright. (And green with fright.)
6. He heaved a sigh (He heaved a sigh)
As if in pain (As if in pain)
Coughed up those shirts (Coughed up those shirts)
And flagged the train! (And flagged the train!)
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