We went to the four-legged zoo,
To visit our four-footed friends.
Lions and tigers, cats and dogs,
A goat and a cow and a couple of hogs
A rhinoceros and of course a hippopotamus,
And, oh yes, a horse.
An elk and a bison and a gnu or two,
Giraffes and elephants, quite a few.
A llama, alpaca, vicuna too,
Zebras, xebexes, and one big kudus
It was swell!
I liked the gazelles!
Now Miss Simpson said...
She teaches school, you know.
Yeah, she took us there!
Well Miss Simpson said...
If you counted every head on these quadripeds,
then multiplied that number by four,
We'd know how many feet went through the door
If we turned 'em all loose!
Oh no, don't do that!
It's a really groovy zoo.
But, anyway, what Miss Simpson said,
It was a good chance to work with our fours in our head.
One, two, three, four!
I'll take a lion... One times four
He's got four legs and maybe a roar.
Gimme two camels, that's two times four
Eight legs walking 'cross the desert floor.
A tiger and a lamb and a fat kudu
We got three times four equals 12 legs too
But then I had to subtract when that tiger was through... Rowwwr!
Four four-footed friends, no matter who
Would have 16 legs, And it's always true...
That four times four equals 16.
Five times four is 20.
Now a coach and six, if you were Cinderella, would have you home
by midnight, if those 24 legs ran fast as lightning...
Six times four equals 24...
Seven times four equals 28...
Anyone knows that, who cares about seven.
And 8 antelope have 32 legs 'cause eight times four is 32.
Here come a small herd of buffalo,
They say they're gettin' extinct, y'know.
I can count nine, that's 36 legs, Nine times four equals 36.
Here comes a baby buffalo.
That's good! That's ten.
And ten times four, y'know, is 40....
Eleven coyotes eleven times four,
Went slinking over the prairie floor on all of their legs...
Now twelve times four is as high as we go...
Twelve times four equals 48.
But there were so very very many many more
Animals standing there by the gate.
But we'd have to use a pencil if we counted them all
And we really had fun, and we saw every one:
A bear, a cougar, a jackal, a yak,
A fox, some deer, and a sweet giraffe
But I can't remember how many, many more,
But we multiplied them all by four.
And some of them thanked us with a roar.