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ABIYOYO (Traditional African - adapated by Pete Seeger) Pete Seeger Arlo Guthrie Chorus: Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo Abiyoyo, yoyoyo, yoyoyo Once upon a time there was a little boy who played the ukelele. He'd go around town, 'Blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, bImp blmp blmp, blmp blmp, blmp!' Grown-ups said "Get that thing out of here!" Not only that, the boy's father was a gettin' in trouble. He was a magician. He had a magic wand. He could go 'Zoop! Zoop!' make things disappear. But the father played too many tricks on people. Somebody doing a hard job of work, 'zzt, zzt, zzt', up comes the father with his magic wand, 'Zoop!' no saw. Come to someone about to drink a nice cold glass of something, 'Zoop!' the glass disappears, He'd come to someone about to sit down after a hard day's work, 'Zoopl' no chair. People said to the father, "You get out of here, too. Take your magic wand and your son!" The boy and his father were ostracized. That means they made them live on the edge of town. Now in this town they used to tell stories. The old people used to tell stories about the giants that lived in the old days They used to tell a story about a giant called Abiyoyo. They said he was as tall as a house and could eat...people... up. Of course, nobody believed it, but they told the story anyway. One day, one day, the sun rose, blood red over the hill. And the first people got up and looked out of their window, they saw a great big shadow in front of the sun. And they could feel the whole ground shake. 'Stomp, stomp'. Women screamed, 'Ahh!' Strong men fainted "Ohh!" - "Run for your lives! Abiyoyo's coming!" He came to the sheep pasture, grabs a whole sheep, 'Yeowp!' Comes to the cow pasture, grabs a whole cow, 'Yeowp!' Daniel, "Grab your most precious possessions and run! Run!" Just then the boy and his father woke up "Hey, Paw, what's coming over the field?" - Oh, Son, that's Abiyoyo. Oh, if I could only get him to lie down, I could make him disappear." The boy said "Come with me, Father." He grabs his father by one hand. The father gets the magic wand, the boy gets the ukelele. They run across the field. People yelled, "Don't go near him! He'll eat you alive!" There was Abiyoyo. He had long fingernails cause he never cut 'em. Slobbery teeth, cause he didn't brush them. Stinking feet, 'cause he didn't wash 'em. He raised up with his claws, the boy whips out his ukelele and starts to sing. Chorus Well, you know the giant had never heard a song about himself before, and a foolish grin spread over the giant's face. And the giant started to dance "Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo," the boy went faster, "Abiyoyo, yoyoyo, yoyoyo. Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo," The giant got out of breath. He staggered. He fell down flat on the ground 'Zoop!, Zoop!' people looked out the window, Abiyoyo disappeared. They ran across the fields. They lifted the boy and his father up on their shoulders. They said, "Come back to town. Bring your damn ukelele, we don t care anymore!" And they all sang: Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo (Oh, you sing it with me,) Abiyoyo Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo

    


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