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Thread #93092 Message #1786823
Posted By: JohnInKansas
18-Jul-06 - 09:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Tie My Pecker to My Leg
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tie my pecker to my leg
The "lyric" in question appears in a number of "verses" occasionally sung to Old Joe Clark, Old Dan Tucker, Turkey in the Straw, etc., occasionally appearing in almost any "fiddle tune" but with no particular association that I know of with any particular one of them. It has been claimed it was in one of the verses of Ti Yi Yippee but since the preacher destroyed the guest book one will never know for sure.
While I don't remember hearing it in the context, it's similar to the mutable/morphable verses used as marching cadences in Sound Off, etc.
Normally only fiddlers and/or banjoists can pull off singing these versus without damaging their reputations, although almost any instrument can accompany if the performer affects a sufficiently drunken/drugged/debauched state (i.e. some such verses are great fun).
Vance Randolph and G. Legman are about the only "collectors of note" who published anything on "Ribald Songs" of this sort, and I don't recall anything with this fragment in what I've seen by either of them. Most of Legman's reputed collection has never been published. If there's any published background or more complete verse, it most likely will be by the famous "Anonymous" etc.