Paul Austin Kelly

Paul Austin Kelly

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Higgeldy-Piggeldy

Written By: Paul Austin Kelly

Higgeldy-Piggeldy
Here we lie
Picked and plucked and put in a pie
My first is snapping, snarling, growling
My second’s hard-working, romping, prowling
Higgledy-Piggledy
Here we lie
Picked and plucked and put in a pie

Wiggeldy-Woggeldy
Here we sit
Deep in the middle of an old sand pit
My back is itching, scritching, scratching
Down in the pit where the eggs are hatching
Wiggledy-Woggledy
Here we sit
Deep in the middle of an old sand pit

Hurgely-gurgely
Here we go
Down in the river by the big Willow
Her tail is flipping, flopping, flapping
Swimming too close and my face she’s slapping
Hurgley-gurgley
Here we go
Down in the river by the big Willow

Rain, Rain Go Away

Written By: Paul Austin Kelly

Rain, rain, go away
Come again some other day
When you fall down every day
My feelings fall with you
All my friends have gone away
Because you’ve made the sky so grey
And you won’t let the sun come shining through

Rain, rain, tell me why
When you make wet out of dry
Does your falling from the sky
Bring life to everything?
If it’s so perhaps it’s true
That I have been too hard on you
So please forgive me now for what I sing

Please come again in the night when I am sleeping
And let the trees and the animals partake
It’s just that I cannot bear to see you weeping
When I’m awake

Rain, rain, go away
Come again some other day
When you fall down every day
My feelings fall with you
All my friends have gone away
Because you’ve made the sky so grey
And you won’t let the sun come shining through

Rappin' Gingerbread Man

Written By: Paul Austin Kelly

Now way down in the valley lived a farmer and his wife
The wife was makin’ with the pastry with her fists and a knife
She cut a fancy little figure and she slapped it in a pan
Sayin‘, “Ain’t he cute? My little Gingerbread Man!”

Well then she slips him in the oven for a quarter of an hour
And she’s rappin’ on the phone while he gets browner and browner
Then she hops into the kitchen and she pops the oven door
And her Gingerbread Man jumps onto the floor

He’s jumpin’ up and clickin’ heels and givin’ her five
She never knew a bunch of dough could carry on such jive
But when she tried to get him back into the pan once more
Her little Gingerbread Man was out of the door

REFRAIN
He’s sayin’ “Run, lady run! Run as fast as you can
Nobody ever catches me, the Rappin’ Gingerbread Man
Yeah, run, lady, run! Run as fast you can
Nobody ever gonna catch the Rappin’ Gingerbread Man

So now he’s running up the road and headin’ straight for the corn
And there’s Little Boy Blue just a-blowin’ his horn
Little Blue he drops his axe and screws his eyes up tight
He says “That ol’ corn liquor must be messin’ with my sight!”

Now Ginger says, “There’s nothin’ wrong with your two eyes.
You’re lookin’ at the coolest creature runnin’ on two thighs
I run away from my ol’ lady and her bakin’ pan
And I can run away from you cause I’m the Gingerbread Man

REFRAIN
He hollers, “Run, boy, run! Run as fast as you can!
Nobody ever catches me, the Rappin’ Gingerbread Man
Better run, boy, run! Run as fast as you can
Nobody ever gonna catch the Rappin’ Gingerbread Man!”

Well he made it through the corn but took another track
When he came upon a place known as the Chicken Shack
He saw the joint was really shakin’ so he popped the door
He’d found a groovy little place that had a dancin’ floor

He was about to sit himself and get a bite to eat
When the fat bartender said, “Get outta that seat!”
“I don’t serve no biscuits here in my place,
But my big belly says it’s hungry so I’ll eat your face!”

REFRAIN
Said Ginger, “Run, Fatty run! Run as fast as you can!
Nobody ever catches me, ‘cause I’m the Gingerbread Man!”
He said, “Run, Fatty, run! Just as fast as you can!
Nobody ever gonna catch the Rappin’ Gingerbread Man!

Now he was running from the fatty and the farmer’s wife
Away from Little Boy Blue and running for his life
He was starting in to thinking that he’d won the race
When the river suddenly was looming in his face

He heard the feet pounding powder all along the ridge
And now he’s looking fran-ti-cally for the nearest bridge
He heard a mumbly grumbly voice coming up from the ground
And Mr. Alligator said, “I’ll see you safe and sound.”

“Just jump up on my back, Jack! We’ll set sail!
I’ll bet you never had a ride upon a gator’s tail-“
“If you will promise not to eat me,” said Gingerbread
I’d even take a ride upon an alligator’s head!”
“But you must swear it, Mr. Gator!”
“I cross my heart!”
And so he hopped upon his head and Gator did depart

REFRAIN
And he cried, “Run, people, run! Run as fast as you can!
Nobody ever catches me, cause I’m the Gingerbread Man
Yeah, run people, run! Just as fast as you can!
Nobody ever gonna catch the Rappin’ Gingerbread Man!

About the middle of the river Gator rolled his eyes
He said, “Yo, Mr. Breadman, I must confide
That there’s a price you gotta pay me for this here ride
So when I open up my mouth you’d better climb inside.”

Ginger cried, “Lordy Mighty! But you promised me!”
And Gator said, “A gator be what gators gotta be!”
And then he opened up his choppers sayin’ “Well, bless my soul!”
He took the Rappin’ Gingerbread Man and swallowed him whole
He ran his tongue around his gator lips with a slurp
And then his gator belly gave a giant gator burp
He gave his mighty tail a flip, gave a contented sigh
He grinned a nasty little grin and then he did cry,

REFRAIN
“Hey, Rappin’ Gingerbread Man! You’re so slick!
But the Rappin’ Mr. Gator he’s lightening quick!
Yo, Rappin’ Gingerbread Man! You’re so cool!
But the Rappin’ Mr. Gator, he’s no one’s fool!
Hey, Rappin’ Gingerbread Man, where’d you go?
I must have something in my ears, can’t hear you rappin’ no mo‘!”