The Harlem Goat


The Harlem Goat
Was feelin' fine
Ate three red shirts
right off the line.
His master Jack
Gave him a whack
And tied him to
The railroad track
The whistle blew
The train grew nigh
The Harlem goat
Was soon to die.
He gave three groans
of mortal pain
Coughed up the shirts
To flag the train,
But the buttons got stuck
In the middle of his throat
And that was the end,
Of the Harlem goat!

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david, England

3 January 2016 at 2:15pm

I never learned the complete refrain but thought part of it was"leave a bottle of scotch at my head and my feet and then I'll know my bones will keep"?

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Joanne, Australia

28 August 2015 at 8:53am

Pretty ugly really but change the words around so it's fun

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Molly, United States

2 March 2013 at 6:22pm

Harlem shake?

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Db, United States

8 March 2012 at 4:49pm

I was taught this song on 2nd grade. I remember being upset by it. I am still upset by it. And I think it points to adults insensitvity and disconnect from children.

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Jessica, United States

22 January 2012 at 11:28pm

Actually, these aren't the words I was taught. In the version I know, it ends at "Coughed up the shirts - and flagged down that train!" I also learned it as "Harland Goat", perhaps from Harland Kentucky.

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Cindy, Canada

16 August 2011 at 3:18pm

Does anyone else have trouble singing this to little kids? It is pretty gruesome when you think about it.

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