Oh Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?: Sing-Along Song Video for Kids

This classic song may start out sad, but it ends on a happy note!
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

Oh where, oh where, has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh where, oh where can he be?

The rather mournful song "Oh Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?" is a popular among children in both the U.S. and the U.K. The lyrics and music were composed and published in 1864 by the Philadelphia-born critic, composer, arranger, and music publisher Septimus Winner.

The song was originally called "Der Deichter's Dog," which over the years was changed to "The Dutchman's Dog." A familiar drinking song (as many now-common children's rhyming songs started out), the tune was a favorite at frat parties and specialty clubs well into the early 1900s, after which it was cut down to one verse and used as a children's song.

The original lyrics are as follows:

Oh where, Oh where ish mein little dog gone
Oh where, Oh where can he be?
Mit his ears cut short und his tail cut long,
Oh where, Oh where ish he?

I loves mein lager, tish very goot beer
Oh where, Oh where can he be?
But mit no money I cannot drink here.
Oh where, Oh where ish he?

Un sausage is goot, balonie of course
Oh where, Oh where can he be?
Dey makes um mit dog and dey makes um mit horse
I guess they makes um mit he.

The general idea is that the poor little doggie has run off and been turned into sausage and bologna by the local butcher, which causes great grief to his owner who used him as entertainment to earn money for his drinking. The manner in which the song was sung was derisive to Germans, so it fell out of use in later years. Today children simply sing the nursery rhyme song using variations on the first verse:

Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
He fetches a ball, he's the best pet of all,
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Oh where, oh where has my little cat gone?
Oh where, oh where can she be?
With her eyes so bright and her coat of white,
Oh where, oh where can she be?

Oh where, oh where has my little mouse gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With a twitch of his nose wherever he goes,
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Oh where, oh where has my little fish gone?
Oh where, oh where can she be?
She's such a great pet but she's always quite wet,
Oh where, oh where can she be?

Oh where, oh where have my little pets gone?
Oh where, oh where can they be?
Squeek, mew, bow-wow! Oh, here they come now!
They're back safe and sound here with me.

Everyone loves a happy ending!

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