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Thread #26594   Message #750827
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
18-Jul-02 - 11:08 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Hunt / Chase / Shoot the Buffalo
Subject: Lyr Add: SHOOT THE BUFFALO
Lyr. Add: SHOOT THE BUFFALO (DANCE)

"All couples form a ring and dance about the room, singing at the top of their voices. When they come to the third line in each verse they change partners, and then promenade back to their original places in the circle. At some parties, the stanza which begins "We'll Shoot the Buffalo" is used as a chorus, being repeated after each of the succeeding verses."

Rise ye up, my dearest dear,
Present me to your paw,
An' we'll all march together
To the state of Arkansas.

Where the hawk shot the buzzard,
An' the turkey stumped his toe,
We'll rally through the cane-brakes
An' shoot the buffalo.

I had an old saddle,
An' I hung it in the loft,
Along come a cowboy
An' cut the pockets off.

Yes, he cut the pockets off,
He cut the pockets off,
Along come a cowboy
An' cut the pockets off.

The buffalo is dead,
Cause we shot him in the head,
We'll rally through the cane-brakes
An' shoot the buffalo.

Other stanzas:

Rise you up, my dearest dear,
An' present to me your hand,
An' I'll march you in possession
Of a far and distant land.

Where the hawk shot the buzzard,
An' the buzzard shot the crow,
We'll rally through the cane-brakes
An' shoot the buffalo.

A buzzard stumped his toe,
An' a crow ketched a beau,
Rattle up the cane-brake
An' shoot the buffalo.

We'll shoot the buffalo,
And we'll swing the calico,
And we'll travel this world over
And shoot the buffalo.

Al verses from Missouri except the last, which is from Arkansas. Vance Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol. 3, # 523, pp. 306-309, with music.
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