Groundhog’s Day

Groundhog’s Day

(Try singing this to the theme song of Gilligan’s Island!)

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Or if Chuck chucked wood like a woodchuck could,
Would a woodchuck chuck Chuck’s wood?
Wood a woodchuck chuck Chuck’s wood?

Just sit right back and you’ll see the tail,
The tail of a groundhog’s rump,
That stubby, little wiggle-er
On a furry, dirty clump,
A furry, dirty clump.

With hibernation comin’ on
And a deadline to be kept,
Five passages led to his den;
For three months he slept.
For three months he slept.

The weather started getting cold,
The groundhog turned and tossed.
If not for the craze of an old folktale
The forecast would be lost.
The forecast would be lost.

The ol’ groundhog threw a shadow long
And people called him names,
Like whistle pig,
Woodchuck, too,
Punxsutawney Phil;
Uddochakku*, and a marmot, too,
All in Groundhog’s Day style!

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ウッドチャック is pronounced “uddochakku,” and is Japanese for woodchuck (groundhogs are not native to Japan).