Mister Rat and Mister Flea

by David Olney

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Wondering what would David Olney write during a pandemic? As the song goes, "Let's go back in history..."

This previously unreleased original Folk song features David Olney’s signature skewed perspective with a harmonic tale that resonates. Just as David wrote a gritty love song about the Titanic from the perspective of the iceberg, “Mister Rat and Mister Flea” go on World Tour with a patter, a prance, and a “Pocketful of Posies”.

A portion of the proceeds from this single release to benefit
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee www.SecondHarvestMidTN.org


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(Written by David Olney - Red Lilly Music, ASCAP)

Let’s go back in history
When Mister Rat met Mister Flea
They sang in perfect harmony
And the song they sang was...
The song they sang was...

In Europe they began their tour
Entertaining rich and poor
From king to lowly blackamoor
And the song they sang was...
The song they sang was...

Ring around the rosy
A pocket full of posies
Ashes to ashes
All fall down
All fall down

In London town and Paris, France
They performed their song and dance
Rat would patter, Flea would prance
The audience just died
The audience just died

Said Mister Flea to Mister Rat
I live the way you wear your hat
Said Mister Rat to Mister Flea
I love the way you sip your tea
Said Mister Rat to Mister Flea

Ring around...

Said Mister Rat to Mister Flea
There’s no one hear can disagree
We killed them in Rome, Italy
You were superb
As were you

So all across the continent
Every single place they went
Everyone who heard was left
Rolling in the aisles rolling in the aisles


released June 5, 2020
David Olney – Vocals / Gibson ES-125 Electric Guitar

Recorded and Mixed by Jack Irwin for Silvertone Recording Service
Mastered by Brett Ryan Stewart of WireBird Productions
Produced by David Olney


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David Olney Nashville, Tennessee

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American Songwriter Magazine

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