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Moonshine songs

Jayto 28 Oct 08 - 02:38 PM
kansas 28 Oct 08 - 02:49 PM
GUEST,dulcimerjohn 28 Oct 08 - 02:54 PM
GUEST,dulcimerjohn 28 Oct 08 - 02:56 PM
Jayto 28 Oct 08 - 02:58 PM
Joe Offer 28 Oct 08 - 03:10 PM
Jack Campin 28 Oct 08 - 03:21 PM
bankley 28 Oct 08 - 04:08 PM
Sorcha 28 Oct 08 - 04:38 PM
Beer 28 Oct 08 - 04:55 PM
Wolfgang 28 Oct 08 - 05:01 PM
GUEST,Jim 28 Oct 08 - 06:57 PM
Jayto 28 Oct 08 - 07:12 PM
GUEST,Gerry 28 Oct 08 - 07:48 PM
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Azizi 29 Oct 08 - 12:16 AM
Richie 29 Oct 08 - 09:24 AM
theleveller 29 Oct 08 - 12:18 PM
GUEST,henryp 29 Oct 08 - 01:51 PM
Lonesome EJ 29 Oct 08 - 04:49 PM
Roger in Baltimore 30 Oct 08 - 04:15 PM
Banjovey 30 Oct 08 - 10:27 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 31 Oct 08 - 12:16 AM
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Charley Noble 31 Oct 08 - 09:23 PM
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Subject: Moonshine songs
From: Jayto
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 02:38 PM

Here is another request lol. Moonshine songs.Does anyone have any good moonshine songs. Please dont put Rocky Top or Good Old Mountain Dew. I know those way way way too well. I want some cool ones I haven't heard. I know someone will put Rye whiskey and that is alright but dig deep and see what you can come up with.
Thanks
JT


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: kansas
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 02:49 PM

Copper Kettle, listed in DT. This song was evidently written for an obscure musical in the 1950s, as indicated by the listing. The tune is very pretty and is what makes the song. I think there are some recordings but cannot specify any.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,dulcimerjohn
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 02:54 PM

well..being a friend of Larry Keel..hmm. Of course there's 'Moonshiner', there's David Vai's 'Corn Liqour', um..lemme hit my mason and I'll get back w ya..j


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,dulcimerjohn
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 02:56 PM

that's it..the Keels do Copper Kettle too..as do I.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Jayto
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 02:58 PM

Yeah Copper Kettle I forgot about that one. I play it as an instrumental sometimes. I almost forgot it had words. I am going to have to check it out.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 03:10 PM

Sometimes we forget to give credit to what must be the World's Largest Folk Songbook, our very own Digital Tradition. I cringe a bit when people direct readers to folk lyrics at Olga and 8notes and Yet Another Digital Tradition and other sources, which are often merely out-of-date mirrors of what we have here. A DT Keyword Search for "Moonshine" comes up with only five songs: but wait!!!- there's more.
Sometimes, our search engines do a better job on the DT than the keywords search, although you fill find some 'false positives' in the search results. A search for "poteen" brings up a nice list: A search for "mountain dew" brings up four songs: A search for "moonshiner" brings up three: ...and there's lots under "Moonshine": Here's one that was posted in the forum, but hasn't made it to the DT yet: The Booze Yacht.
Say, I wonder what the numbers mean in the search results....
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 03:21 PM

The Scottish strathspey "Ewie wi the Crookit Horn" (the "crookit horn" is the coil of a still).

Burns's "The Deil's Awa wi th' Exciseman".

Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road", sort of.

"Wake Up, Darlin Corey".


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: bankley
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 04:08 PM

'Moonshiner'   by Tim Hardin from the 'Bird on a Wire' album

'Copperline' James Taylor


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Sorcha
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 04:38 PM

Thunder Road?


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Beer
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 04:55 PM

I think Dick Nolan does one called Cape Breton Silver. Some down homer may like to confirm this.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Wolfgang
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 05:01 PM

I wonder what the numbers mean in the search results.... (Joe Offer)

The higher the number the (relatively) more often the phrase appears in the text, but how the program comes to the exact number I don't know.

Wolfgang


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOOLEY (The Dillards)^^^
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 06:57 PM

How about DOOLEY? I learned this from a Dillards record:


DOOLEY^^^
(Mitch Jayne, Rodney Dillard)

Dooley was a good ole man
He lived below the mill
Dooley had two daughters
And a forty-gallon still

One gal watched the boiler
The other watched the spout
And mama corked the bottles
And ole Dooley fetched 'em out.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley give me a swaller
And I'll pay you back someday.

The revenuers came for him
A-sippin' though the woods
Dooley kept behind them all
And never lost his goods

Dooley was a trader
When into town he'd come
Sugar by the bushel
And molasses by the ton.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley gimme a swaller
And I'l pay you back someday.

I remember very well
The day ole Dooley died
The women folk weren't sorry
And the men stood round and cried

Now Dooleys on the mountain
He lies there all alone
They put a jug beside him
And a barrel for his stone.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley gimme a swaller
And I'll pay you back someday^^^


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Jayto
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 07:12 PM

Does anyone know the origins of the Beaver Dam Road song? There is a Beaver Dam Kentucky about 30 miles from here. I heard it used to be a hot bed for moonshining because of a natural spring there. Just wondering I know it is probably a different Beaver Dam but it is very coincidental.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 07:48 PM

I thought everyone learned Copper Kettle from the Joan Baez recording. I notice it doesn't show up on any of Joe's searches, above - you'd have to search on "drink" or "whiskey" or "jugs" to find it (and, as Joe says, you're likely to get false positives with those search terms).


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 07:59 PM

"Beaver Dam" comes from the North Carolina traditional singer Frank Proffitt. The notes booklet for his Folkways album is missing, and I don't remember whether he composed it, though I suspect he did. There was a Beaver Dam Road in his neighborhood (Watauga Co, NC, I believe).

Proffitt composed another moonshine song, "Blackberry Wine," which is on one of his Folk-Legacy LPs and deserves to be better known.

Can't pass without mentioning "We Have Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills" by Roy Harvey. Uncle Dave recomposed it as "Moonshine in the Cannon County Hills." UDM also deals with moonshine in "Governor Al Smith" and "Hill Billie Blues," to mention only a couple of his songs which got onto the subject of whiskey good and bad. Harvey's repertoire included "When the Roses Bloom Again for the Bootlegger" and "Bootlegger's Dream of Home." The Allen Bros did a memorable "Jake Walk Blues," dealing with a particularly toxic form of home made liquor that had a surge around 1930. It was made from Jamaica ginger and frequently resulted in death or motor impairment to the drinker. There are two different songs called "Bay Rum Blues," about yet another alcohol substitute -- drinking hair tonic. On the same score is Tommy Johnson's "Canned Heat Blues," about the pleasures of straining alcohol off Sterno to get a buzz. The Dixon Bros celebrated the end of prohibition with a song called "(What Are We Going to Do with) The Old Home Brew."


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 12:16 AM

Oh, so you don't mean songs like "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon"?

;o)


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Richie
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 09:24 AM

Hi Jayto

I've played, "I Get My Whiskey from Rockingham" also known as "Rockingham Cindy."

I just moved to Kentucky.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: theleveller
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 12:18 PM

See if you can unearth a great album by The New Lost City Ramblers, 'Songs of Moonshine and Prohbition'. I've got a copy on vinyl somewhere that I bought way back in the mid-60s.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 01:51 PM

From The Music Box

Viola Lee Blues -- Cannon's Jug Stompers

Cannon's Jug Stompers actually recorded the song twice, and both are available on an outstanding two-disc collection of the complete works of Gus Cannon and Noah Lewis (Document, 1990). The two differ in one very significant way. The "I wrote a letter, mailed it in the…" verse is sung only on the second, unreleased take. The first, slightly longer take, replaces that verse with this one:

Fix my supper Mama, let me go to her
Let me go to bed indeed Lord
Fix my supper, let me go to bed
I been drinking white lightning, it's gone to my head


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Subject: ADD Version: Moonshiner (Jay Farrar/Uncle Tupelo)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 04:49 PM

MOONSHINER
From Jay Farrar and Uncle Tupelo

I've(Em) been a(C) moon(G)shiner
for seventeen long (D)years
and I (Em)spent all(C) my (G)money
on whiskey and (D)beer
and I (C)go to some(D) hollow
and (G)set up my (C)still
if (Em)whiskey (C)don't (G)kill me
Lord, I don't know what(D) will

and I go to some barroom
to drink with my friends
where the women they can't follow
to see what I spend
God bless them pretty women
I wish they was mine
with breath as sweet as
the dew on the vine

let me eat when I'm hungry
let me drink when I'm dry
two dollars when I'm hard up
religion when I die
the whole world is a bottle
and life is but a dram
when the bottle gets empty
Lord, it sure ain't worth a damn


slow tempo, if you want to try it


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOONSHINE MAN (Si Kahn)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 30 Oct 08 - 04:15 PM

Moonshine Man
by Si Kahn

Pale moon shining on Georgia Five,
I'm so tied I can hardly drive.
Back jacked up so my tail don't drag so low.
One eye looking for the curves in the road,
Other eye watching for the State Patrol,
I'm headed for Atlanta with a hundred gallon load,
Look out I'm a moonshine man.

Daddy's standing guard and Momma's out back,
Dumping all that sugar out of fity pound sacks,
With the shift of the wind you can smell that mash so strong.
Five hundred gallons in a dead mans still,
If the night don't get you then the morning will.
I'm headed for Atlanta with a hundred gallon load,
Look out I'm a moonshine man.

If this ain't a Depression then it's sure hard times,
Corn has got so hard to find.
Propane's up and sugar's gone so high.
Sheriff's waiting at the county line,
We're cutting him in so he don't mind,
That I'm headed for Atlanta with a hundred gallon load,
Look out I'm a moonshine man.

I want to die in a feather bed,
With a jug of white whiskey under my head.
Lay me out in a six foot copper still.
When I get to heaven gonna dress in white,
Gonna sell it to the angels on Saturday night.
I'm heading for Atlanta with a hundred gallon load,
Look out I'm a moonshine man.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Banjovey
Date: 30 Oct 08 - 10:27 PM

How about Prohibition Blues?


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 12:16 AM

I will agree with SORCHA on "Thunder Road" but you need to be careful - I sincerely hope she is referring to "The Ballad of Thunder Road" and that it is NOT Bruce Springsteen's love song.

The Thunder Road song is taken from the film by the same name.

The Ballad of Thunder Road
Written by Don Raye and Robert Mitchum
Recorded by Robert Mitchum
Copyright Capitol Records 1958

Now let me tell the story
I can tell it all
About the mountain boy
Who ran illegal alcohol

His daddy made the whiskey
Son he drove the load
When his engine roared
They called the highway "Thunder Road.

Sometime into Ashville,
Sometime Memphis town
The revenuers chased him
But they couldn't run him down.

Each time they thought they had him
His Engine would explode
He'd go by like they were
Standing still on "Thunder Road."

CHORUS:
And there was thunder, thunder over "Thunder Road"
Thunder was his engine and white lightning was his load.

There was moonshine, moonshine
To quench the Devil's thirst
The law they sware they's get him
But the Devil got him first.

On the first of April,
Nineteen Fifty Four,
A federal man sent word
He'd better make his run no more

He said two hundred agents
Were covering the state
Whichever road he tried to take
They's get him sure as fate.

Son - his daddy told him
Make this run your last
Your tank is filled with hundred proof
You're all tuned up and gassed.

Now don't take any chances
If you can't get through
I'd rather have you back agains
Than all tha mountain dew.

CHORUS

Roaring out of Harlan
Revin' up his mill
He shot the gap at Cumberland
Then screamed by Maynordsville

With G-Men on his tail-light
And road-blocks up ahead
The mountain boy took roads
That even angels feared to tred.

Blazing right through Knoxville
Out onto Kingston Pike
Then right outside of Beardon
They made the fatal strike.

He left the road at ninety
That's all there is to say
The Devil got the moonshine
And the mountain boy that day.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

It is the actor Robert Mitchum's version - I first heard on a collection of "Hot Rod Songs" It had a powerful influence on me...as strong as "Convoy" and "Minstrel's Son" and "Rubber Ducky." Check IMDB.com (International Movie Data Base) for the 1958 film starring Mitchun.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: trevek
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 07:07 AM

Macilhatton (written by Bobby Sands, sung by Christy Moore) http://www.irishhungerstrike.com/mcilhatton.html

White Lightning (J.P. Richardson aka The Big Bopper) http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/classic-country/white-lightning---george-jones-14938.html

The Moonshiner: http://www.irish-song-lyrics.com/The_Moonshiner.shtml


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,Black Hawk on works PC
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 08:11 AM

'I Remember Her Still' by Jimmy Driftwood

Clever play on words!


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 08:35 PM

I have a soft spot for "Hills of Connemara". But of course here in IONA territory it's hard *not* to be a fan of that one, given their high-energy rendition! 8-)

-- Gary


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOOTLEGGER'S SONG / BERT LaFOUNTAIN'S...
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 09:23 PM

The Canadian group Tanglefoot have contributed "Dollar Bill."

Oscar Brand recorded a classic bootlegger song on his American Drinking Songs album back in the Pleistocene:

Earliest recording by Emry Arthur, C3663, 1929
Recorded on AMERICAN DRINKING SONGS, RLP 12-630 , Riverside, Circa 1956
After the singing of Oscar Brand
Tune: after "The Wabash Cannonball"

Bootlegger's Song (Bert LaFountain's Packard)

It was on a Monday morning I headed for the North,
'Long a road I often traveled while running back and forth;
I crossed the old St. Lawrence, down into Montreal,
And I loaded down my Packard with beer and alcohol.

I loaded 'er down with alkyhol; I topped 'er off with ale,
I headed for the border; I knew I must not fail;
They signaled at me with searchlights and a rifle call,
But I rolled right through the Customs with a load of alkyhol.

The troopers and the revenuers soon took up the chase,
But I was doing 95 and steady held my pace;
I drove right through Moirah, down through Malone,
And the only way they caught me was by the telephone.

I wheeled in Turner's Crossing; there was a train acrost the road;
That's how they caught the Packard; that's how they caught the load;
And now I'm in the jail, boys; I guess I lost it all,
Waiting for my trial a-scheduled in the fall.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: AnneMC
Date: 01 Nov 08 - 02:40 AM

Look up the band Gopher Baroque ( www.gopherbaroque.com). They have some awesome tunes they have written, including "Shipwrecked Whiskey" and "The Smuggler's Song" about smuggling the illegal stuff.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,Rich
Date: 02 Nov 08 - 12:44 AM

Copperhead Road by Steve Earle.

Some folks at a session I used to pop in on occasionally used to sing

a song with the chorus "and the lamb will lay down with the lion after drinking that old moonshine" but I don't remember much of it.



Rich


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 02 Nov 08 - 11:36 AM

Dollar Bill's a good one! Lyrics here .

-- Gary


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Subject: Lyr Add: BAR THE DOOR / JOAN AND JOHN BLOUNT
From: GUEST,Alaska Paul
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 04:45 PM

This is not exactly a moonshine song, but it is an ale song, from Newfoundland via England, I guess.

Get Up and Bar the Door

or JOAN AND JOHN BLOUNT

There was an old couple lived under a hill
Joan and John Blount they were called, oh
They brewed great ale all for to sell
They brewed it wonderful well, oh

John Blount and his wife drank some of his ale
Till they could drink no more, oh
They both went to bed with a drop in their head
And forgot to bar the door, oh

A bargain, a bargain this old couple made
A bargain firm and sure, oh
The very first one that should speak the first word
Should go down to bar the door oh

Along came travelers, travelers three
Traveling in the night oh
No house nor shelter could they find
No fire nor candle light oh

And straight to John Blount's house they went
And boldly opened the door oh
But not one word did the old couple say
For fear one should bar the door oh

They ate of his victuals, they drank of his drink
Till they could drink no more oh
But not one word did the old couple say
For fear one should bar the door oh

Then straight upstairs these travelers went
And took the old woman out of her bed
And kissed her on the floor oh
But not one word did the old couple say
For fear one should bar the door oh

"You've eat of my victuals, you drank of my drink
You've kissed my wife on the floor oh"
"John Blount" she said, "You've spoke the first word
Go down and bar the door oh"

"If you don't like what they did unto me
They kissed me on the floor oh
Take this to be as a warning see
Every night you bar the door oh"


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Jayto
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 07:31 PM

That's cool Ritchie.Are you Eastern, Central, or Western? Welcome to the Bluegrass State hope you like it :)

JT


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 08:01 PM

Great David Via Moonshine Tune/Video. Hotwax and the Splinters perform on the back porch!   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sncgk3a_2b0


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 08:26 PM

Has anyone heard an old recording of Peter Bellamy singing, "I've been a moonshiner for seventeen long years....?" I taught it to him, walking around the grounds at the Newport Folk Festival, the year that the group Young Tradition was there.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 29 Dec 08 - 08:37 PM

Tommy Makem's "Paddy Kelly's Brew".

Or "Here's to the Crayture".

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 01:53 AM

"John Law Burned Down the Liquor Store"?


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 03:02 AM

Anyone remember that scene in the film ' Deliverence,' sat round the campfire and Ronny Cox singing.........

It's red meat when I'm hungry,
Moonshine when I'm dry,
Greenbacks when I'm hard up,
Religion when I die.

Does anyone know the rest of it ?


eric


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Subject: Lyr Add: COPPER KETTLE
From: jO mAPES
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 04:21 AM

Hello again. My membership must have lapsed, just joined again w/ private page. (I hope someone can correct the typing of my name here... corrected it many times But the system seems to like it this way) Bruce will probably have a fit. My favorite moonshine song is "Copper Kettle". Heard it many years ago, don't recall from whom. The lyrics:

Verse
Get you a copper Kettle/get you a copper coil
Cover them with new made corn mash/and never no more need you toil...

CHO
You just lie there neath the Juniper/ while the moon shines bright/
Watch them -----------------* /In the Pale Moonlight

Verse
Build your fire with hickory/Hickory, Ash and Oak
Don't use no green or rotten wood/or they'll get ya by the smoke...
Cho

Verse
My Daddy he made whisky/My grandaddy did too did too/
And we ain't paid us no whiskey tax/since seventeen and ninety two...
Cho.

* Can't recall the few missing words in the Chorus, will have to find my old recording of it, and send it in. It's on a early taped concert.

Nice to see all this pickin' and singin' and searchin' going on.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 11:34 AM

I don't know that it specifically refers to moonshine, but I occasionally did a song during my army service in the northwest years ago called "Nancy Whiskey." My decision to use that song in a particular set once caused some grief for me when a certain young lady folksinger (who happened to be named Nancy) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that she hated the song. I was quite smitten with her at the time and immediately struck it from my playlist - at least, whenever she was in the audience.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 03:00 PM

eric: That verse is a floating one; can pop up in a number of songs, e.g. "Jack of Diamonds" and "Kentucky Moonshiner". Haven't watched "Deliverance", so I don't know which tune it was sung to and hence what song it's most likely to be.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,panack
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 12:39 PM

Does anyone have the lyrics to David Via's "Moonshine in the Moonlight," mentioned a few posts above?


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 09:03 PM

Hell on wheels by Brantley Gilbert and Copperhead Road by steve earle


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Louie Roy
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 10:48 PM

The booze hound lament


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: olddude
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 11:06 PM

one I wrote
Lightning Road


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OLD SHINE CROW (Finders & Youngberg)
From: AnneMC
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:24 AM

THE OLD SHINE CROW
by Finders and Youngberg

Late at night when the moon is high,
And darkness is fallen on the hill
You can't see the men sneaking through the trees,
But you can hear the creaking of a still

For many years now he's worked every night,
On a secret that only he knows
When lone strangers come, through that forest at night,
It's said that they never return home - the Old Shine Crow

Now the story it is told and many believe,
That it's evil and livin' in those hills
The liquor that flows down from that dark mountain side,
Is laced with the blood of those he kills

On a bright moonlit night, the men from the town,
rode out into the darkness beyond
What was waiting for them on that cruel mountain side
Didn't want them to see the light of dawn - the old Shine Crow

The call of the crows filled their ears as they rode,
And fear gripped their hearts with the chill
The beating of the wings that covered the beating of his heart
And they followed that evil course up to the still

The moonshine illumed him in the midst of his crows
It was time for this town to be free
And then circled around, With their guns and the rope
and they shot him and they hung him from a tree - the old Shine Crow

Now late at night when the moon is high
and darkness has fallen on the hills -
the Old Shine Crow


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Melissa
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:36 AM

What a waste of good corn likker

Mac Wiseman


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 07:44 AM

Not a song, but a rap - Lord Buckley's 'God's own drunk'. Here.

--Stewie.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOOZEFIGHTERS (from Gandydancer)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 05:58 PM

One of those serendipitous discoveries—but GUEST,Rich did mention this earlier.


BOOZEFIGHTERS
"Traditional"
As sung by Gandydancer on the various-artists collection "The Appalachians" (Dualtone Music #1201, 2005)

Come on, all you booze fighters, if you want 'o hear
About the kind o' booze that we sell around here.
It's made way back in the swamps an' the hills
Where there's plenty o' moonshine stills,

Where we don't give a damn for the Volstead law,
And for prohibition we don't care a straw.
It's made out o' buckwheat, rye, an' corn,
All bottled up in some barn.

And the lamb'll lay down with the lion
After drinkin' this old moonshine.


Tip up your head an' take a little drink,
Then for a week you won't be able to think.
First thing you know, you'll be getting' kind o' tight,
Out on the street tryin' to raise a fight.

Tip up your head an' take a little more;
Then for a month you'll be feelin' kind o' sore;
Then you'll swear you won't drink it any more,
But you've said that a thousand times before.

And the lamb'll lay down with the lion
After drinkin' this old moonshine.


One drop'll make a rabbit whip a bulldog.
One drop'll make a cat chase a wild hog,
Make a bullfrog spit in a blacksnake's face,
Make a hard-shell preacher fall from grace.

And the lamb'll lay down with the lion
After drinkin' this old moonshine.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 01:26 AM

Moonshiner
A video I did for a rendition of Moonshiner as charted in my post in 2008.


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,aging cynic
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 07:37 AM

i have a sone called 'moonshine'

it's about the intoxicating effects of the moon

sung by a woman from the virginia hills, accomopanied by a big old kay bass

you can find it here: you'll need to scroll way down to 'moonshine'

http://www.daveshiflett.com/music.html



or send me and email and i'll send you an mp3: dshifl@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: GUEST,Cruiseinbob
Date: 01 Dec 12 - 02:59 PM

Hello
Check out www.crookedroadmusic.com for more great Moonshine Songs


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Subject: RE: Moonshine songs
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 01 Dec 12 - 03:48 PM

I wrote a few on the subject myself, one of which was my biggest hit that went tinfoil with a bullet:

                   8 O'CLOCK AND MABOU

      I LEFT MY HOME AT EIGHT O'CLOCK, AS SOBER AS COULD BE
      HEADING INTO MABOU TO BUY A POUND OF TEA
      TOMMY FRASER MET ME AS I WALKED ALONG THE ROAD
      HE SAID " JUMP UP INTO THE CAB ,WE'RE HEADING TO GLENCOE."

                                  (CHORUS)
    BETWEEN 8 O'CLOCK AND MABOU I MUST HAVE LOST MY WAY
    I DIDN'T MAKE IT HOME THAT NIGHT OR FOR ANOTHER DAY
    BETWEEN 8 O'CLOCK AND MABOU I WENT UPON A SPREE
    AND IF THERE'S MOONSHINE IN THE JUG THEN PASS IT ON TO ME


    TOMMY DROVE THE OLD FORD LIKE A DEMON THROUGH THE RUTS
      POTHOLES BANGING ON THE SPRINGS, A ROOSTER TAIL OF DUST
      BUT HE PULLED HER OVER WHEN WE GOT TO JOE MAC LEAN'S
      A GALLON JUG OF MOONSHINE WAS OUR PURCHASE THERE THAT DAY

                                    (CHORUS)

      WE HEADED INTO MABOU AND WE WENT TO LITTLE NEIL'S
      AND HE TOOK DOWN HIS FIDDLE FOR TO PLAY SOME JIGS AND REELS
      SOON THE NEIGHBORS GATHERED AND A CEILIDH'S UNDER WAY
      AND THEN WE DIDN'T GIVE A DAMN IF IT WAS NIGHT OR DAY

                                     (CHORUS)

       WHEN I FINALLY MADE IT HOME MY WIFE WAS AT THE DOOR
       GIVING ME A LECTURE LIKE I NEVER HAD BEFORE
       SHE ASKED ME WHERE THE HELL I'D BEEN AND WHAT I HAD TO SAY
      "BETWEEN 8 O'CLOCK AND MABOU I MUST HAVE LOST MY WAY."

                                     (CHORUS) (c)1999                                                                  A.McLean
    Note: I sing it in D and the air is close enough to Wabash Cannonball to give folks a good idea of the song. Note that Mabou is a village in Cape Breton that was home to The Rankin Family and John Allen Cameron as well as many other great musicians and it continues to produce more and more.
                Sandy


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