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A mol iz geven a dyed mit a babe


A mol iz geven a dyed mit a babe




The dyed mit a babe had a lot of children. The left them alone in the house and told the children to hide themselves One on the table, one under it One on the chair, one under it One on the oven, one under it A bear knocked on the door and said, children, open up, open up. The children refused. He gave a knock on the door and entered and ate up all the children. The dyed mit a babe came back from the forest they caught him, fooled him, and opened him up and took out all the children And they put in stones and bones, wood and spots, pins and needles, sewed up his stomach and let him go. The bear went around and cried, “stones and bones, wood and spots are in my stomach.” The children grew up, put on tidy clothes, and let them go. [Error in typewritten tape log inside box. This is correct title of track 5 as listened to on 7/16/12.]


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