This song comes from the US. You can also find a Dutch version below…

Down by the Station Early in the Morning

A slightly different version of this song was first printed in 1931 in "National Recreation Association", Vol. 25. According to, "Nobody knows exactly where the chorus of this song came from."

There's a longer version that was written by Lee Ricks and Slim Gaillard in 1948 that included the verse above. Other musicians added more verses later on. Nowadays kids sing just the one verse.

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