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A song we wrote in the car ride to school today

Old Man Rogers
by Finn Morehouse (with some help from Jaylyn Morehouse)
Old Man Rogers is a dreamed up character that has been known to show up in the boys' play from time to time. He is an "old man who likes to steal our animals". A rogers is "a person who steals things like money". I imagine it's similar to a robber ;) In this song, Old Man Rogers goes through a lot of work, only to find himself in a bad position in the end.

Old Man Rogers went to the farm, he got a chicken and he threw it in the barn, The chicken said "cluck" and out came an egg, and scrambled eggs is what he made.
Old Man Rogers went to the farm, he got a goose and threw it in the barn, The goose said "honk' and he pooped on his shoe, and Old Man Rogers didn't know what to do.
Old Man Rogers went to the farm, he got a goat and he threw it in the barn, The goat used his horns and he butted him with his head, then Old Man Rogers was soon dead.


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