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Holdcom Presents: Thanksgiving Classics - Part 3

  • Over the River and Through the Woods – a Thanksgiving song? Written in 1844 by novelist and abolitionist Lydia Maria Child, the song was originally a children’s poem titled A Boy’s Thanksgiving Day.

Most of us are familiar with the melody (especially our jingle writers / musical theatre buffs), if not the first few stanzas – but what about the rest of the lyrics? For your Thanksgiving enjoyment, below are the lyrics in full. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from your message on hold team!


A Young Boy's Thanksgiving


“Over the river, and through the wood, 

To Grandfather's house we go;

The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh

through the white and drifted snow.


Over the river, and through the wood—

Oh, how the wind does blow!

It stings the toes and bites the nose

As over the ground we go.


Over the river, and through the wood,

To have a first-rate play.

Hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ding",

Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!


Over the river, and through the wood

Trot fast, my dapple-gray!

Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound,

For this is Thanksgiving Day.


Over the river, and through the wood—

And straight through the barnyard gate,

We seem to go extremely slow,

It is so hard to wait!


Over the river, and through the wood—

Now Grandmother's cap I spy!

Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?

Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”

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