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Thread #50640   Message #771208
Posted By: John Minear
25-Aug-02 - 07:30 AM
Thread Name: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion-Child #18
Subject: RE: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion
rich r, thanks for the two versions from the Southwest. I especially like these two verses from the last one:

Old Bangum on this wild boar fell,
They fought three hours like fiends from hell.

Long come an old witch inquiring of her spotted pig,
If you kill me I'll make you dance a jig.

And the first verse is interesting, in that Bangum is also a bowman. I've seen somewhere, in a footnote that I can't find, that the "wooden knife" is really a "woodsman's knife". That takes a lot of the charm out of the song for me. I much prefer a "wooden knife". It is interesting that Bangum never uses his pistol, even when he rides out with a "sword and pistol by his side". In fact I don't know of any versions where Bangum shoots the wild boar with a firearm.