Eency Weency Spider

TITLE: Eency Weency Spider
AUTHOR: unknown
CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: bug
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: from the book Camp and Camino in Lower California by Arthur Walbridge North, 1910 (pages 279-280)

Eency Weency Spider“That evening Lettie and Lollie, the youngest members of the pioneer family, besought me to write down for them the words of some song. To their delight I immediately gave them the lines:

I went to the animals’ fair,
The birds and the beasts were there, etc.

the monkey refrain of which had served many times to put life into my depressed or wearied mozos. I then wrote out for them that classic, the “Spider Song,” the one that runs thus:

Oh, the blooming, bloody spider went up the water spout,
The blooming, bloody rain came down & washed the spider out,
The blooming, bloody sun came out and dried up all the rain,
And the blooming, bloody spider came up the spout again.

This so delighted Lollie that as a reciprocal favor she volunteered to visit certain old Indian friends of hers and obtain for me specimens of their songs. ”

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • Itsy Bitsy Spider

RECORDINGS: (mp3’s available through Amazon.com)

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Eency Weency Spider

Eency Weency Spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the Eency Weency Spider went up the spout again.

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

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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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