Bill Grogan's Goat

(a.k.a. "Old Hogan's Goat" or "Bill Groggin's Goat")

Words & Music:

Traditional English


I thought this tune was a traditional American one, but then I came across two versions I had acquired over the years (see attached easy arrangements) - one entitled "Old Hogan's Goat" and the other entitled "Bill Groggin's Goat".  These make me think that this was an English tune.  The first version given is the one I learned as a kid down South.  The additional verses come from the other arrangements.


CALL:                               RESPONSE:


Bill Grogan's goat                        Bill Grogan's goat


Was feeling fine.                         Was feeling fine.


Ate three red shirts                      Ate three red shirts


From off the line.                        From off the line.



Bill Grogan came and beat his back.

And tied him to the railroad track.

The whistle blew, the train drew nigh.

Bill Grogan's goat was doomed to die.  [alt:  "...was bound to die"]

Bill's goat, he was in mortal pain,

Coughed up the shirts and flagged the train!




There was a man, now please take note:

There was a man who had a goat.

He loved that goat, indeed he did.

He loved that goat just like a kid.


One day that goat felt frisk & fine;  [alt:  "One day that goat was feeling fine"]

Ate three red shirts right off the line.

The man, he grabbed him by the back  [alt:  "His master came & beat his back."]

And tied him to the railroad track.


Now, when that train hove into sight,

That goat grew pale & green with fright.

He heaved a sigh, as if in pain,

Coughed up the shirts & flagged the train!




The whistle blew, the train drew nigh.

The poor goat knew that he must die.

He gave three shrieks of mortal pain,

Coughed up the shirts & flagged the train!

The provenance of this attached easy arrangement and this attached easy arrangement is unknown.  It is part of a collection that people gave me over the years.  Please inform me if correctly attribute it.

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