Down by the Station - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


This song is 1st found in print in 1931 in "National Recreation Association", Vol. 25, Page 375. That version is slightly different:

The Pufferbelly Song

Down at the station, early in the morning,
See the little Pufferbillies standing in a row.
See the engine driver twist the little handle,
Tst!""Tst!""Toot!""Toot! There they go.

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 verse up top.



Many thanks to Dale Durdunas for singing this song for us!

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