B-I-N-G-O

TITLE: B-I-N-G-O
AUTHOR: unknown
CATEGORY: traditional, public domain
KEYWORDS: dog, nonballad, playparty
EARLIEST DATE: 1785

The song B-I-N-G-O is thought by some to be a method of teaching school-aged children a sense of cadence and rhythm while singing. There is no telling when the song originated but  the earliest mention of the song is from the title of a piece of sheet music published in 1780, which attributed the song to William Swords, an actor in London. Early versions of the song were variously titled “The Farmer’s Dog Leapt o’er the Stile”, “A Franklyn’s Dogge”, or “Little Bingo”.  (Wikipedia)it was first published in The Humming Bird: or, A Compleat Collection of the Most Esteemed Songs (Canterbury, 1785, #147 p. 399)

It is still a much loved children’s song, even today. It has also been used as a marching song for the military. 

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • The Farmer’s Dog
  • Bingo
  • There Was a Farmer Had a Dog
  • Play Party (Johnny Had a Little Dog)

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B-I-N-G-O

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap)-I-N-G-O! (Clap)-I-N-G-O! (Clap)-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap)(Clap)-N-G-O! (Clap)(Clap)-N-G-O!
(Clap)(Clap)-N-G-O! And Bingo was his name-o!

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)-G-O! (Clap)(Clap)(Clap)-G-O!
(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)-G-O! And Bingo was his name-o!

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap)(Clap) (Clap)(Clap)-O! (Clap)(Clap) (Clap)(Clap)-O!
(Clap)(Clap) (Clap)(Clap)-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)
(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)(Clap)
And Bingo was his name-o!

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books
  • Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music, Guthrie T. Meade, Jr. with Dick Spottswood and Douglas S. Meade, Southern Folklife Collection, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, NC 2002—Amazon Books
  • Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore (1952), Volume 3: Folk Ballads from North Carolina. Edited by Henry M Beldin and Arthur Palmer Hudson. Duke University Press. [This volume will be indexed on this site in the weeks to come.]

NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks.sgg

 

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