My great grand pa had a brother

who was nice as he could be

he had a sweet old fashion girl

 they wed in nineteen thirty three


They had a little homestead

and he built a small log home

they raised some pigs, a cow ot two

some chickens, and an old dog named Bone 


They went to church each Sunday

and prayed for a child or two, maybe three

but what the good Lord gave them

was funny as could be


First along came Madeline

with blue eys and long blond curls

and as she grew she became more beautiful

and gave all the boys a whirl


Next along came Lucy

with long straight auburn hair

but Lucy was a tom boy

with which no male could compare


Number three was Mary

who was gentle, slim and tall

she bacame a country school teacher

and was smarter than them all


Pretty soon came little Martha

who grew up to cook and sew

and if you needed advice on anything

ask Martha, she would know


And in a few more years came a small surprise

Louise became her name

she loved to play piano in the church

find old hymn books and sing


Then along came Laura

she was a bully and her voice was always heard

she loved to dominate the men

and sometimes was absurd


Last now, but not the least

came litle Malinda Ruth

she grew up to be a real good nurse

and that's the dying truth


Now the years went flying by so fast

and no more children came

there was no son with whom to hunt and fish

nor carry on his name


but life goes on


Now Madeline married a man named Wolfe

and lucy married a Fox

Mary married a man named Camel

with snow white beard and locks


Martha married a man named Deere

and Louise married a Lamb

and Malinda Ruth married a weakling

who could never take a stand


Now the old man would stand and scratch his head

and think, why did this happen to me

for seven women in his house

was six more than there ought to be


Now he added more rooms on the old house

for the girls all brought their husbands home

and now it was just a mad house

for t'was no way to be alone


Then he had a grand idea

he'd start a circus band

for all his son in laws played instrument

and they could travel oer' the land


But  now you say, a circus band

well listen, what do you hear

for theres a Fox a Wolfe, a Camel

a Bird, a Lamb and a Deere


Now the ending of this story

is a wonderous one, so there

for they really did have a circus band

for the old mans last name was Bear







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