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Lyr Req: C-H-I-C-K-E-N (from J Warner & J Davis)

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Subject: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: Cindy
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 10:16 AM

Seeking the lyrics to the version of "C-H-I-C-K-E-N" as sung by Jeff Warner and Jeff Davis. Anyone?

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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 10:42 AM

Cindy--

There's an old appalachian string band song with this title, but I'm not certain that it's the one you're looking for. Does the chorus go something like:

C-that's the way to begin-- H-that's the next letter in-- I-that is the third-- C-that's the middle of the bird--(or word) K-fillin' in-- E-gettin' near the end--(N) C-H-I-C-K-E-N--that are the way to spell chicken.

Sound familiar?


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: dwditty
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 11:53 AM

John Hurt did the above version as well. It's on one of his live CDs.


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: Wally Macnow
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 08:37 PM

It's on the Warner/Davis recording Two Little Boys available from Camsco Music.


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Subject: ADD: C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Greenbriar Boys
From: Carlzen
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 09:11 PM

There was a very creative bluegrass group, the Greenbriar Boys, who did a very humorous recording of the same song, with recitations (talking blues style) between the choruses. As I recall the recitations, they went;

In a little country school house where the kiddies used to go,
There went a little rounder by the name of ragtime Joe.
When the teacher called the class to spell one kind of bird,
That kind of bird was a chicken, but they could not spell the word.
So the teacher called on Ragtime Joe to spell the word for them,
That was all he had to hear and this is how he'd begin;

(Then into the chorus as above C- the way to begin
H - the next letter in
I - that's the third
C - its the lead (Second voice echoes 'its the lead of the word')
H - it's near the end
C - let's sing it again
C-H-I-C-K-E-N that’s the way to spell chicken, friend.

Then resumes another recitation, which I'm not as clear on, but I'll give it a shot;

Parson Johnson called a concert in his old church house one night,
He called upon some talent that could sing and could recite;
But when the curtain it was drawn - Everything went wrong
UNTIL - the preacher proudly called on Ragtime Joe.
He sang a couple ragtime tunes, they did not do so well,
He said, "If they're sto fall for me, I guess I'll have to spell,"
And when he sang (spelled?) his Chicken song he took the house by storm;

Repeat the chorus.

The Greenbriar's were a favorite of mine for many years. Their old albums are still some of my prized possessions, even though I don't own a turntable any more.


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 09:30 PM

Kathy Kalleck did it--on her album of children's songs, "Use Your Napkin, Not Your Mom." Are these other recordings very recent? I kind of had the idea that KK wrote it (I have a tape of her singing it, and the title track on one of the Sunday roots music shows on KPFA; she was interviewed on the program).

--seed


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: Carlzen
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 09:51 PM

The Greenbriar Boys 3 albums were mid'60s to early '70s vintage. Bob Yellin played banjo (I think he's still active in a group called the bluegrass admirals) John Herald plyed guitar and did most of the lead vocals, Ralph Rinzler played mandolin early on, then went to the Smithsonian and passed away a few years back. Frank Wakefield took over mandolin duties when Ralph went to the Smithsonian, and I forget who played fiddle with them. This may be unrelated to the original thread, but they all seem to get like this. I didn't know Kathy Kallick recorded it, but I remember seeing her perform it at one of the children's concderts at one of the Santa Maria bluegrass festivals, probably spring of '96.


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: gargoyle
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 11:04 PM

Cripes, still another song me mother sang to me in the cradle daze.

The memories this Mudcat digs out are AMAZING

They are deffinately helping, as my cousins and I, piece together our heritage. Songs were a big part....not a "formal" part....but a very big piece.

THANX for c-h-i-c-k-e-n


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Subject: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Kathy Kallick
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Jul 99 - 02:51 AM

Jeff Davis heard the song from his brother Hardin, who learned it from the "early 20th-century" country music performer "Uncle Dave" Macon. Kathy Kallick combined versions learned from the McGee Brothers, Red Clay Ramblers, and Jody Stecher.

         C-H-I-C-K-E-N
In a little country school house where the children used to go,
There went a little red-haired boy by the name of Ragtime Joe.
One day the teacher called on the class to spell a certain kind of bird,
The kind of bird it was a chicken, and they could not spell that word.

So the teacher called on Ragtime Joe to spell that word for them,
He did not hesitate a bit, this is the way he began:
C - that's the way to begin
H - that's the next letter in
I - that is the third
C - time to season up the bird
K - I'm fitting in
E - getting near the end
   C-H-I-C-K-E-N
That is the way to spell chicken.
Parson Johnson gave a concert in the old school house one night,
He hired a lot of fellers that could sing and could recite;
When they pulled the curtain, everything went wrong
Until - the children loudly called, "Let's hear from Ragtime Joe."

He sang a ragtime jukin' tune, but it did not go so well,
He said, "I went 'cross on that, so I guess I'll have to spell,"
Then he told the audience he had composed this chicken song
And when he sang these words to them, he took the house by storm.
[Chorus]
^^


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: Jon W.
Date: 07 Jul 99 - 12:45 PM

I've heard the Red Clay Ramblers version, same as what Joe posted above. I've also heard a version sung by my daughters after they got back from camp last year. Same chorus, different tune, different verses. They're at camp again this week, I'll see if they can tell me the words when they get back.


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: Nathan
Date: 07 Jul 99 - 03:35 PM

Paul and Win Grace do a nice version of C-H-I-C-K-E-N on their album "Dance Upon the Earth". It's available from their website at http://www.folkfire.org/graces/albums.shtml#earth


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: GUEST,vernegarrison@sbcglobal.net
Date: 19 May 04 - 09:27 AM

"Ragtime Chicken Joe," by Fiddlin Doc....is similar.


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Subject: RE: Words to C-H-I-C-K-E-N as sung by Jeff Warner
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 19 May 04 - 01:49 PM

Guest, see the related threads linked at the top.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: C-H-I-C-K-E-N (from J Warner & J Davis)
From: GUEST,dobronis
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 07:17 AM

the red clay ramblers dd this song as well


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