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Inga wrote at 2013-02-20 21:22:50
I remember singing that song in grade school. The words we sang were:



Giddap, old Dobbin, we're going to town

Let's get those wheels a-turning around

Let's get those wheels a-turning around

There's miles to go before sundown.



I like to drive my horse and buggy

When I go traveling to the town.

I like to hear old Dobbin's clip-clop

I like to feel the wheels go 'round



Clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clip-clop, Whoa!



Get up old Dobbin, the shopping is done

The buggy is loaded, get up lazy one.

Let's get those wheels a-turning around

We've got to get home before sundown.



I like to drive my horse and buggy

When I go traveling to the town.

I like to hear old Dobbin's clip-clop

I like to feel the wheels go 'round



Clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clip-clop, Whoa!


bsuffin wrote at 2013-10-22 07:06:48
I sang this song in grade school as well. What I remember goes:



Get up old Dobbin, we're goin to town

Let's get those wheels a turnin around

Let's get those wheels a turnin around, there's miles to go before sundown

Chorus:

I like to drive the horse and buggy

When I go travelin to the town

I like to hear old dobbins clip clop

I like to feel the wheels go round



clip clop, clip clop, clip clip clop  


Kyle wrote at 2013-10-25 07:19:42
I like to ride the horse and buggy. I like to feel the wheels go round.

Dobbin, Dobbin on your way. We'll ride together to carry the sleigh.

Get up old Dobbin, we're going to town.  


Carrie O wrote at 2014-01-22 15:49:50
I have become separated from my copy, but I taught Old Dobbin for years in Ithaca City Schools, Ithaca, NY.  I probably have a few words wrong:

I'd like to take a horse and buggy

As I go riding through the town.

I'd like to hear old Dobbin clip clop,

I'd like to see the wheels go 'round.



This partners with a folk song called, Horsey, Horsey:

Horsey, horsey, on your way.

We've been together for many a day,

So let your tail go swish and your ears go flop.

Giddy 'up we're homeward bound.



There are 2 verses to Old Dobbin', but I can't remember.

Carrie O


Grannie Pattie wrote at 2015-08-15 14:34:27
I remember being taught this version of the chorus by a choral director who was old enough to know the words first-hand:  

I like a horse and buggy for travelin' to town,

a horse and buggy for gettin' around.

I like a horse and buggy for travelin' to town.

There's miles to go before sundown.  


Jim wrote at 2016-06-29 21:55:08
Sixty years ago in grade 1.



Come ol Dobbin, not so slow, we have many miles to go.

There are corn and oats and hay in the barn for you today.


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My main field of expertise in in traditional ballads - those commonly known as the Child ballads. Those containing executions are my particular speciality, but I am also interested in ballad structure formula, functions and narrative constructs. However, I also have interest in - and academic knowledge of - bothy ballads, and the singing tradition of Scotland - although not Gaelic song. This includes Jacobite song, political song, songs about the trades, and so on. I'm pretty au fait with traditional singers and bands too. And while I enjoy singing the songs, I'm not so sure others might enjoy listening!

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I studied ballads academically, as well as Scottish literature. This extended into Scottish social customs and social history. I was the traditional music reviewer for the Edinburgh Evening News for 4 years, and have several publications to my name. I have been a freelance tutor in outreach courses from Edinburgh University on Scottish Culture and Tradition, including lifecycle customs, broadsheet ballads in Scotland, the traditional ballad and history. I am a freelance writer, have been a guest presenter on Ch4 History Hunters programme, and was a contributor to BBC Radio Scotland's 'Songlines' series on 'The Dowie Dens of Yarrow', and have advised BBC Radio Scotland researchers regarding Scottish songs and ballads from the Borders.

Publications
Books: Forthcoming: The Gallows and The Stake. Published: Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, vol. 10 'Oral Literature and Performance Culture', chapter on The Traditional and the Border Ballad; The Harris Repertoire (Scottish Text Society, co-editor), The Ballad in History (chapter on Border ballads). Journals include Folklore, The Review of Scottish Culture, Scottish Studies, and The Scottish Literary Journal. Music reviews appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News

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Ph D, M. Phil, BA (Hons)

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