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Thread #26594   Message #327805
Posted By: radriano
26-Oct-00 - 11:47 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Hunt / Chase / Shoot the Buffalo
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BUFFALO and THE BANKS OF OHIO
There are a number of version at the Bodleian Library of Broadside Ballads of a song called "The Buffalo"

THE BUFFALO

Come all you young fellows that have a mind to range
Into some foreign country your station for to change
Into some foreign country away from her to go
We lay down on the banks of the pleasant Ohio
We wander thro' the wild woods and chase the Buffalo

There is fishes in the river that's fitting for our use
And fine lofty sugar canes that yield us fine juice
And all sorts of game my boys besides the buck and doe
We lay down on the banks of the pleasant Ohio
We wander thro' the wild woods and chase the Buffalo

Come all you young maidens spin us some yarn
To make us some clothing to keep ourselves warm
For you can card and spin my girls and we can reap and mow
We lay down on the banks of the pleasant Ohio
We wander thro' the wild woods and chase the Buffalo

Supposing these wild Indians should chance to come near
We will unite together our hearts free from care
We will march down into the town my boys and give the fatal blow
We will lay down on the banks of the pleasant Ohio
We wander thro' the wild woods and chase the Buffalo



There is also a much more complete version of "The Banks of Ohio" at the Bodleian site. Some of the words are hard to make out as the bottom of the broadside is badly smudged.:


THE BANKS OF OHIO

Come all you young fellows that have a mind to range
Into some foreign country your stations to change
Into some foreign country we'll altogether go
And we'll settle on the banks of the pleasant Ohio

This land it is good which no one can deny
Besides it is well guarded by the North of America
So come all you young lads that has a mind to go
We will guard you from all dangers on the banks of Ohio

Those wild savage Indians we need not to fear
For we are all united boys our hearts are free from care
We'll advance into their farms and we'll give the fatal blow
We will drive them far away from this pleasant Ohio

This river that murmurs and [empties] to the main
It carries glad tidings down to Old Spain
Where all sorts of grain there's in great plenty of tea do grow
We'll gain the Spanish gold from the south of Mexico

There's all sorts of fishes in the river for your use
Besides the lofty sugar cane which yields us sweet juice
There's all sorts of game, my boys, besides the buck and doe
Through the wild woods wander and hunt the Buffalo

If our girls they need clothing to keep themselves warm
We'll put them to the spinning wheel it will do them no harm
And if they'll card and spin for us for them we'll reap and mow
And we'll fold them in our arms on the pleasant Ohio

Here's adieu to Old England where I have always been
Now I am forced to part in anger but in love I do maintain
Come all you brisk and lively lads that have a mind to go
To enjoy your wives and sweethearts on the pleasant Ohio

You brave English [mechanics?] that labour here in vain
That keeps your wives and children lingering here in pain
For if you will be advised by me along with me to go
We will settle on the banks of the pleasant Ohio


I would guess that "The Banks of Ohio" is the original song