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Thread #50640   Message #770579
Posted By: John Minear
23-Aug-02 - 09:24 PM
Thread Name: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion-Child #18
Subject: RE: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion
Dwight Diller is a West Virginian. I'm not sure where Diane Jones is from. Here is another version from West Viriginia, collected by Ruth Ann Musick and published in her little book BALLADS, FOLK SONGS & FOLK TALES FROM WEST VIRGINIA, published by the West Virginia University Library in Morgantown, in 1960. She calls this "Rach's Spinning Song", and says that it was "contributed by Mrs. Audrey Jarvis Hinkle of Fairmont(WV) and so titled because she learned it from her grandmother's Negro spinning woman."(p. 23) There is a tune on page 32.

As I went down to the old boar's den,
Hi double O.
I saw the bones of a thousand men,
Hi double O.
Hi full ary, Gilful carry,
Come a double rinctum,
Come a double rinctum, kimbo.

The king went forth with all his men,
He marched right up to the wild boar's den,

The queen, she wept and wrung her hands,
He came not forth from the wild boar's den,

Now, we all a-mournin' stand,
There is no king in all the land,

Where did this come from!