The Rattlin’ Bog Printable Lyrics – PDF

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“The Rattlin’ Bog” is an amusing Irish folk song and drinking game or finger play that comes in many different variations. It’s actually a cumulative song, like “The Twelve Days of Christmas“; so, every new verse is longer than the previous one by adding a new element each time. The song can be sung as an echo, that is a lead singer sings each line which is then repeated by the group.

Songs of this type exist in almost every traditional context, since their structure makes them popular for group singing. For the “The Rattlin’ Bog” in particular, the Roud Folk song Index lists 180 collected versions! Many folk groups and artists have recorded their version of the song, like The Irish Descendants, The Idlers, Ed Pickford, Seamus Kennedy and The Wiggles – just to name a few.

On this page you’ll not only find the lyrics, but also a printable PDF file with lyrics for free download. You can also watch two music videos. Enjoy!

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The Rattlin' Bog lyrics printable PDF

The Rattlin’ Bog Lyrics

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
A Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

Well in the bog there was a hole,
A rare hole and a rattlin’ hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

Well in that hole there was a tree,
A rare tree and a rattlin’ tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

On that tree there was a branch,
A rare branch and a rattlin’ branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

On that branch there was a twig,
A rare twig, a rattlin’ twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

Well on that twig there was a nest,
A rare nest and a rattlin’ nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

In that nest there was a egg,
A rare egg a rattlin’ egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

And in the egg there was a chick,
A rare chick a rattlin’ chick,
And the chick in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

And on the chick there was a feather,
A rare feather a rattlin’ feather,
And the feather on the chick,
And the chick in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

On the feather there was a flea,
A rare flea, a rattlin’ flea,
And flea on the feather,
And the feather on the chick,
And the chick in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.


Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

And on that flea there was some legs,
Rare legs, rattlin’ legs,
And the legs on the flea,
And flea on the feather,
And the feather on the chick,
And the chick in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

And on the leg there were some shoes,
Some rare shoes, some rattlin’ shoes,
And the shoes on the legs,
And the leg on the flea,
And flea on the feather,
And the feather on the chick,
And the chick in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

On those shoes there were some heels,
Some rare heels, some rattlin’ heels,
And the heels on the shoes,
And the shoes on the legs,
And the leg on the flea,
And flea on the feather,
And the feather on the chick,
And the chick in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

On that heel there was a nail,
A rare nail, a rattlin’ nail,
And the nail on the heel,
And the heels on the shoes,
And the shoes on the legs,
And the leg on the flea,
And flea on the feather,
And the feather on the chick,
And the chick in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the twig,
And the twig on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

The Rattlin’ Bog Music Videos

Sing-along Video 1

Sing-along Video 2

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