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Thread #102695   Message #2085366
Posted By: Joe Offer
24-Jun-07 - 02:48 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'Of All the Animals in the World/Field..'
Subject: ADD: Of All the Beast-es
Here's the version in Ruth Crawford Seeger's Animal Folk Songs for Children:


Of All the Beast-es
(I'd Rather Be a Panther)


Of all the beast-es in the world,
I'd rather be a panther,
I'd crawl upon some lonesome hill,
And cry for Susianna.

Of all the beast-es in the world,
I'd rather be a panther,
Eat all the chickens down the line,
And turkeys in Atlanta.


Crawford Seeger says "panther" is pronounced "panner" in this song.
I couldn't find a Mike Seeger recording, Lighter - what album is it on? Mike Seeger doesn't do the vocals for this song on the Animal Folk Songs for Children CD - it's sung by Rufus Cohen, grandson of Ruth Crawford Seeger and nephew of Mike. Oh - and Rufus pronounces "beast-es" just as it's spelled, with a short "e." It sounds more like beast-is than beasties.

-Joe-
Sound sample here (click) - disc 2, track 9



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