Old Rattler was a good old dog;
As blind as he could be
Ev'ry night 'bout supper time;
I believe that dog could see.
Here! Rattler, Here! Here!; Here! Rattler! Here!
Call old Rattler from the barn; Here! Rattler! Here!
Old Rattler tree'd the other night;
And I tho't he'd tree'd a 'coon
When I come to find out;
He was barkin' at the moon.
Well, grandma had a yeller hen;
We set her as you know
We set her on three buzzard eggs;
And hatched out one old crow.
Grandpa had a muley cow;
She was muley when she's born
It took a jaybird forty year;
To fly from horn to horn.
Now if I had a needle and thread;
As fine as I could sew
I'd sew my sweetheart to my back;
And down the road I'd go
Old Rattler was a smart old dog;
Even tho' he was blind
He wouldn't hurt one single thing;
Tho' he was very fine.
One night I saw a big fat 'coon;
Climb up in a tree
I called old Rattler right away;
To get 'im down fer me.
But Rattler wouldn't do it;
Because he liked that 'coon
I saw them walkin' paw in paw;
Later by the light of the moon.
Now old Rattler's dead and gone;
Like all good dogs do
You better not act a dog yourself;
Or you'll be goin' there too.
(Contributed by John Sanders - May 2002)