Come Little Rabbit

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Information About Come Little Rabbit

This song also goes by the title, "Little Rabbit In The Woods" and "In A Cottage In A Wood".

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Save the rabbit from a hunter in this version

In a cottage in a wood
A little old man at the window stood
Saw a rabbit hopping by
Knocking at the door.

‘Help me, help me, help me,’ he said
‘Before the hunter shoots me dead!’
‘Come little rabbit, stay with me,
Happy you shall be.’

This version changes the size of the cabin

In a cabin in the woods
Little man by the window stood
Saw a rabbit hopping by
Knocking at his door (Alternate: "Frightened as can be")
"Help me, help me, help", he said
Or the hunter will shoot me dead
Little rabbit come inside
Safely you'll abide

Second verse
Ittybitty cabin in the woods
Ittybitty man by the window stood
Saw an ittybitty rabbit hopping by
Frightened as can be
"Help me, help me, help!" he said
'Fore the hunter shoots me dead
Ittybitty rabbit come inside
Safely to abide

Third verse
Great big cabin in the woods
Great big man by the window stood
Saw a great big rabbit hopping by,
Frightened as can be
"Help me, help me, help!" he said
'Fore the hunter shoots me dead
Great big rabbit come inside
Safely to abide

This version has 3 animals that you sing about

In a cabin in a wood
Little man by the window stood
Saw a rabbit hopping by
Frightened as could be
Help me! Help me! Help, he said
Lest the hunter shoot me dead
Little rabbit, come inside
Safely to abide

In a cabin in a wood
Little man by the window stood
Saw a turkey running by
Frightened as could be
Help me! Help me! Help, he said
Lest the hunter shoot me dead
Little turkey, come inside
Safely to abide

In a cabin in a wood
Little man by the window stood
Saw a pigeon flying by
Frightened as could be
Help me! Help me! Help, he said
Lest the hunter shoot me dead
Little pigeon, come inside
Safely to abide

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Martin, Japan

10 October 2012 at 3:54pm

I was a Boy Scout in Pennsylvania in 1962, and I learned it just the way Jack, from Pittsburgh, above learned it.

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Jack, United States

26 June 2012 at 11:59am

In 1962 Cub Scouts in Pittsburgh, PA USA, were learning: In a cabin in a wood (make Roof with fingers); a little old man by the window stood(hand shading eyes to look out); saw a rabbit hopping by(finger rabbit hopping); knocking at his door (knocking motion); Help me! Help me! Sir he said(fling arms); or the farmer will shoot me dead(mimic rifle shooting); come little rabbit come with me (gesture inside); happy we will always be (hug self). OR come little rabbit come inside; happily abide.

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Ava, Bahamas

2 April 2012 at 11:54pm

Just kidding.

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Shitcakes, Afghanistan

2 April 2012 at 11:50pm

Shitassdamnfuckniggerasshole?

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Bill, Afghanistan

2 April 2012 at 11:50pm

Shittyfucks

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Reed V., United States

2 April 2012 at 11:49pm

Our grandfather sings us this one. Little ol' cabin in the woods, little ol' man by the window stood, saw a rabbit hopping by, knocking at his door. Help me, help me, help he cried, before the hunter dead, come along and stay with me, oh how happy we will be.

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Missylayne, United States

26 March 2012 at 4:25am

My daughter has had me to sing this song to her for 33 years. The way I was taught: In a cottage, in the woods, little man at the window stood, saw a rabbit hopping by, knocking at his door. Help me! Help me! help, he said. Before the hunter shoot me dead. Little rabbit come inside, saftly to abide.

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Nikki L., United States

6 March 2012 at 4:53pm

Orginally it was: In the cottage, by the woods, little man by the window stood, saw a rabbit hopping by, knocking at his door. "Help me, help me, help!" he cried. "Before the hunter shoots you dead, come little rabbit come inside, safely to a bide.

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Donna, Canada

15 February 2012 at 11:05pm

I like all versions but this is the one that my mother sang to me 80 years ago. "There was a little house in the middle of the woods; a little old man by the window stood. He saw a little rabbit hopping by - knocking at his door. Help me, help me, help me he said, or the hunter will shoot me dead. Come little rabbit, come with me, happy we will be"

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Mary, United States

26 January 2012 at 5:07am

^o^ I was looking for this just because I remember singing it for the talent show in kindergarten. In 1988...

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Michelle, Australia

7 January 2012 at 10:56pm

This is the version that was sung to me 30 years ago. Little cottage in the wood, little man by the window stood, saw a rabbit hopping by, knocking at his door. "Help me! help me! help me!" He cried, " 'ere the huntsman shood me dead". "Come little rabbit come with me, happy we will be". 'Ere' means 'before'. This might be one of the earliest versions because of this seldom used word. This was my favourite childrens song because of the compassionate theme.

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Don, United States

31 December 2011 at 1:31am

That's the first song I was ever taught in school, in first grade. Just like Bernie from the U.S., the "Help me, help me" couplet has stuck in my brain for 48 years, and now the Internet has validated those memories. My version went, "Help me! help me! the rabbit said, Before the hunter will shoot me dead..."

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Sandy, United States

14 September 2011 at 8:08pm

Help me, help me, the rabbit cried. I just need a place to hide. Come little rabbit, come inside. I'll take care of you.

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Rachel, United States

2 September 2011 at 3:59am

I went to camp and we learned it this way- In a cabin in the wood, little man at the window stood. He saw a rabbit hopping by, knocking at his door. "Help me, help me, help me" he cried "before the hunter shoots me dead BANG!" Come on in the little man said, warm up by my fire.

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Kathryn, United Kingdom

9 July 2011 at 9:31pm

There was a cottage in the wood A little old dear by the window stood, She saw a rabbit running by Knocking at her door, Help me! help me! the rabbit said Before the huntsman shoots me dead, Little rabbit come to me, Happy we shall be.

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Bernie, United States

5 April 2011 at 8:23am

So Cool! The chorus to this song came to completely out of the blue just now, and I looked it up, and here you all are with all these versions. I don't remember any of it except for "Help me help me help me he cried. Before the hunter shoots me dead." I remember the "help me" part was a large interval- probably an octave. And the rest would have been something like, G G C C C C B D. It's funny that there is a warning ascribed to this song- "considered sensitive". Cute. What about other baby songs? "Rock A Bye Baby" is about a cradle falling out of a tree, baby and all. No wonder I'm afraid of heights now! :)

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Asha, United States

10 March 2011 at 11:01pm

In a cabin by the wood, an old man at the window stood, he saw a rabbit hopping by, knocking at his door, Help me! Help me sir He said, before the hunter shoots me dead, Little rabbit come inside, safely here abide. It's so interesting how different versions of this song are around, my cousin and I use to talk about this with hand games and such because we were from different regions of the US.

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Natalie, Australia

8 January 2011 at 7:54am

This is how I learnt it: In a cabin in the woods, a little old man at the window stood, he saw a rabbit stand outside, knocking at his door. "Help me, help me, sir," she said, "Before the huntsman shoots me dead!" "Come, little rabbit, come inside, safely here in warmth."

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Arne Osabel, Iligan City, Philippines

23 July 2010 at 12:36pm

Well.. I'm 30 years old, and this was how my mom sang it to us when I was 2... "In a cottage by the woods, Little old man by the window stood, Saw a rabbit runing sore, Knocking at the door. "Help me, help me, help me", said, "or the hunters shoot me, dead...". "Come little rabbit, come to me, happy we shall always be."

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Anita, Washington, Dc

9 June 2010 at 8:16pm

Wow - I wonder how many versions there are! I remember hand signs with the version I learned - I believe the lyrics for what I learned were: Little cabin in the wood Little man by the window stood Saw a rabbit hopping by ? - knocking at my door Help me! Help me! the rabbit said Or the hunter will shoot me dead Little rabbit come inside Safely by my side

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