Happy Halloween!! I can still hear my mother’s voice reading this to us…
Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay, an’ wash the cups an’ saucers up and brush the crumbs away. An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth an’ sweep, an’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board an’ keep.
An’ all the other children, when the supper things is done, we set around the kitchen an’ has the mostest fun. A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales that Annie tells about, an’ the Gobblins will get you IF YOU DON’T WATCH OUT!
Once they was a little boy who wouldn’t say his prayers—so when he went to bed at night away up stairs, his mammy heerd him holler an’ his daddy heerd him bawl, an’ when they turned the kivvers down, he wasn’t there at all. An’ they seeked him in the rafter room an’ cubby hole an’ press, an’ seeked him up the chimney-flue, an’ ever’wheres I guess.
But all they ever found was thist his pants a roundabout—an’ the Gobblins will get you IF YOU DON’T WATCH OUT!
An’ once a little girl an’ all us laugh an’ grin, an’ make fun of everyone, an’ all her blood an’ kin. An’ once when they was company an’ old folks was there, she mocked em and she shocked em and said she didn’t care. An’ thist as she kicked her heels an’ turnt to run and hide, they was two big black things a-standin’ by her side. An’ they snatched her through the ceilin’ ‘fore she knowed what she’s about! An’ the goblins will get you IF YOU DON’T WATCH OUT!
An’ little Orphant Annie says when the blaze is blue, an’ the lamplight sputters an’ the wind goes woo-oo, an’ you hear the crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray, an’ the lightnin’ bugs in dew is all squenched away—
You better mind yer parents, an’ yer teachers fond an’ dear, an’ cherish them that love you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear. An’ he’p the poor an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about. Er the goblins will get you IF YOU DON’T WATCH OUT!