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Dale Rose Lyr Req: Way Down Yonder on Beaver Creek (19) RE: Way Down Yonder on Beaver Creek 07 Oct 98


This song does belong to an interesting family. As Gene says, it is also known by the title SING SONG KITTY as done by Doc Watson (probably the most accessible recorded version) I used to have a version under the BEAVER CREEK name by the Prairie Ramblers on a Patsy Montana album. Another version is entitled KING KONG KITCHIE KITCHIE KI-ME-O by Chubby Parker on the Anthology of American Folk Music, accessible, but expensive. (Definitely recommended, though) Friends of mine sing a song they call FROG IN THE WELL which is at least partially the same, especially the nonsense part. At the conclusion, they jump into a three part round. Their version is in turn related to the Irish Frog in the Well. I don't have their version handy at the moment, and I am a bit leery of even attempting to put those nonsense syllables into letters on a page! I will look for it, though. How close BEAVER CREEK is to FROG IN THE WELL remains to be seen, but there are certainly links from one to the other.

The notes to the Anthology list these references, which I will copy and paste, leaving the reader to interpret!

other recorded versions include:

Traditional American Folk:
As FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN'
Bradley Kincaid (GEN 6462b)
Pleaz Mobey (LC AFSL12a)
John Jacob Niles (DSC 6015b, FW 2373c, Gifthorse 10008c)
Otis High and Flarrie Griffin (FW 34151c)
Almeda Riddle (MNS 203a)
Jean Ritchie (CLR 1201a)
Robert Russell (BRI 002a)
Doc Watson (VG 45/46c,SGH 3786c, VG 73121c, VG 79239c))
As FROG WENT A-WOOIN'
Gail Stoddard Storm (NW 239a).

Folksong revival:
As KING KONG KITCHIE KITCHIE KI-ME-O
Ed Badeaux (FW 3534c)
Dick Lourie (FW 7557c)
as FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN'
George and Gerry Armstrong (FW 2335c)
The Beechmonts (TRE 883a)
The Dildine Family (Front Hall 02a)
Richard Dyer-Bennet (DYB 6000c)
Bob Dylan (COL 53200c)
Woody Guthrie (ST 54a SF 40103c)
Sam Hinton (FW 7530c)
Cisco Houston (FW 7606c)
Burl Ives (COL 33183a)
Spider John Koerner (RDH 12c)
John McCutcheon (JA 003a)
Alan Mills (FW 7642c)
Jim Nollman (SF 45037d, FW 6118c)
Mike and Peggy Seeger (RND 8001/3c))
As FROG WENT A WOOIN' GO
Jim Douglas (FW 32319c)
Alan Mills (FW 7677c)
Barbara Moncure (FW 5311c)
As THE FROG AND THE MOUSE
Richard Dyer-Bennet (ST 2a)
as HERE'S TO CHESIRE, HERE'S TO CHEESE
Pete Seeger (COL 1947a).

Post revival:
Bill Hinkley (RDH 15c).

Country/String Band:
As FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN'
Tex Ritter (SHS 520a)
Morgan Sexton (JA 0055c).

Rock:
As FROG WENT A-COURTIN'
Flat Duo Jets (Skyclad 5031c).

Irish:
As FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN'
The Johnstons (Sequel 1016c).

Scottish:
As FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN'
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger (ARG 73a, RVR 12-637a)
Robin Williamson (FF 438c).

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 21-Jul-02.


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