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Thread #10834   Message #1356845
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
14-Dec-04 - 02:31 PM
Thread Name: Origins: I Bought Me a Cat / Fiddle-i-Fee
Subject: Lyr Add: FIDDLE-I-FEE (from Lomax)
Lomax, Folk Songs of North America, no. 230, has a version of "Fiddle-I-Fee" based on singing of Sam Hinton.


"O I had a bird and the bird pleased me,
And I fed my bird under yonder tree,
And the bird went- (whistle) or Fiddle-i-fee.*
*Have heard this with whistle, whistle, in line three
and then a line repeat with Fiddle-i-fee.

O I had a cat--- and the cat went 'me-ow'
Dog--- bow-bow
Duck---   quack, quack
Goose--- honk, honk
Cow--- moo, moo
Ford--- get you there, get you there
Woman--- honey, honey
Baby--- mammy, mammy

Alan Lomax, "Folk Songs of North America, no. 230, pp. 440-441, with music.