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"Pufferbillies" is a popular song written by Lee Ricks and Slim Gaillard in 1948, and most famously recorded by Tommy Dorsey. The song remains popular today as a children’s music standard. The opening lines of the song are: Down by the station, early in the morning, see the little pufferbillies all in a row. Notable covers of the song include Barney, The Wiggles and The Four Preps, whose version was a big hit for them in 1960.

The song itself is much older than 1948; it has been seen in a 1931 Recreation magazine.

Whether deliberately copied or not, the tune is very closely related to the chorus of Alouette, a French/Canadian folk song.

Song Lyrics

Down by the station

Early in the morning

See the little pufferbillies all in a row

See the Engine Driver

Turn the little handle

Puff, puff! Toot, toot!

Off We Go!

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