Turkey on the Run
 
 


by Eric Ode
 
   
(Sing to the tune of “Turkey in the Straw”)

Spent the day upon the saddle. I was hungry as a bear.
Put the kettle on the fire, fetched a table and a chair.
Then I stepped out of the cabin, and I took a look around,
and I found myself a turkey who was sleeping on the ground.

Chorus Turkey on the run. Turkey in the air.
Supper isn’t done. I’m hungry as a bear.
It’s hard to catch a turkey when you haven’t got a gun,
so the kettle’s on the fire, but the turkey’s on the run.

Well, the turkey heard me coming, and he ran across the sand,
so I followed close behind him with a hatchet in my hand.
Then he jumped into a gulley where the spiny cactus grows,
and I spent a half an hour pulling needles from my nose.

Chorus

Well, I thought I had the turkey when he flew into a tree,
so I reached into the branches where I reckoned he would be.
But I found I was mistaken when I tried to grab his head.
What I thought had been the turkey was a porcupine instead.

Chorus

Then he swam across a river for to reach the other side.
And I’d like to say I caught him, but at least I’ll say I tried.
Well, the water sure was icy and the bird was hard to hold,
so I didn’t catch the turkey, but I caught myself a cold.

Chorus

If you’re ever on the prairie and you see that silly bird,
you should think about my story. You should take me at my word.
If you’re feeling rather hungry and a little underfed,
just forget about the turkey—have a slice of jam and bread.

Chorus

Text © Eric Ode, reprinted from Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones), published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Ben Crane. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.


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