Tom Paxton s’est essayé à tous les genres de la chanson folk : les chansons pour enfants n’y ont pas échappé. Il en a produit quelques pièces d’anthologies, dont l’une des plus fameuses est ce Going To The Zoo, qui par son thème rappelle un peu le Car Song de Woody Guthrie (que l’on trouve sur ce site). Elle est ici interprétée par Peter, Paul & Mary, dans leur album de chansons pour enfants, Peter, Paul & Mommy.

Demain, Papa nous emmène au zoo, et on pourra rester toute la journée ! Tu peux venir aussi, nous allons au zoo !

GOING TO THE ZOO

Daddy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow,
Zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow;
Daddy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow,
We can stay all day.

Chorus:
We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo;
How about you, you, you?
You can come too, too, too.
We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

See the elephant with the long trunk swingin’,
Great big ears and long trunk swingin’,
Snuffin’ up peanuts with the long trunk swingin’;
We can stay all day.

(Chorus)

See all the monkeys scritch scritch scratchin’,
Jumpin’ all around and scritch scritch scratchin’,
Hangin’ by their long tails scritch scritch scratchin’;
We can stay all day.

(Chorus)

Big black bear, all a huff huff a-puffin’;
Coat’s too heavy, he’s huff huff a-puffin’,
Don’t get too near the huff huff a-puffin’,
Or you won’t stay all day.

(Chorus)

Seals in the pool all honk honk honkin’,
Catchin’ fish and honk honk honkin’,
Little seals honk honk honkin’; (high pitched voice)
We can stay all day.

(Chorus)

(Slower tempo)
We stayed all day and we’re gettin’ sleepy,
Sittin’ in the car gettin’ sleep sleep sleepy,
Home already and we’re sleep sleep sleepy,
We have stayed all day.

We’ve been to the zoo, zoo, zoo;
So have you, you, you.
You came too, too, too,
We’re been to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

Momma’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow,
Zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow;
Momma’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow,
We can stay all day.

(Chorus)