Monday, August 3, 2015

Bill Grogan's Goat

Who wants another weird goat story??  No one?  Oh, well.  This is going to be awkward then, because I'm telling the story anyway.  

When I was telling my husband the riveting story about the Three Billy Goats Gruff, he was like "wait, wasn't there a train?"  No no no.  Silly husband!  That would be Bill Grogan's Goat.  With very little encouragement, I started singing, and made him repeat each line, because that's how the song goes: 

Bill Grogan's goat was feeling fine
Ate 3 red shirts right off the line
Bill gave that goat a great big smack
And tied him to the railroad track
(Something something something)
He coughed up the shirts and flagged the train. 

I couldn't remember a couple lines in the middle, so I consulted Google, as one does.  This is what I found.  My memory was about right for the beginning of the song, but while my version ends with the goat getting the train to stop, the real version continues.  To summarize, the engineer sees the goat and cuts his throat.  If that wasn't horrible enough, the goat goes to heaven (headless) and St. Peter is like "hey goat, where's your head?" and the goat is like "no one knows..."  I'm sorry, WHAT?  How is this a children's song?  I'm about 95% sure the goat didn't die in whatever version I knew as a kid.  Or maybe I just blocked out the bad memories.

And I think that's my last blog post about goats for awhile.

Cardigan and Top: Gap factory
Shorts: Gap
Sandals: Target


  1. Haha! I doubt they would've taught a version where the goat dies to little kids. I mean, we've all seen what Disney does to Grimm's fairy tales. Personally, I'm all for it. No 5 year old needs to be singing about a goat getting it's head cut off.

  2. I don't recall the goat dying either. I hope you have a great week.

  3. Who knew there were so many stories about goats? These children's stories are so bizarre.

  4. Yeah I know it where the goat flags down the train. It was actually in a choral reading poem I used with the middle schoolers to promote fluency, so there wasn't all that extra gruesome stuff. They actually thought it was terrible enough that Bill would tie the goat to the railroad track at all!