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Origins: Mole in the Ground/Tempie/Capie

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I WISH I WAS A MOLE IN THE GROUND
MY LAST OL' DOLLAR


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GUEST,peakfreak 12 Aug 14 - 02:43 PM
Lighter 12 Aug 14 - 05:02 PM
GUEST,leeneia 12 Aug 14 - 11:13 PM
Phil Cooper 12 Aug 14 - 11:21 PM
Lighter 13 Aug 14 - 08:05 AM
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Subject: Origins: Mole in the Ground/Tempie/Capie
From: GUEST,peakfreak
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 02:43 PM

Brilliant tune, mole in the ground.

Perhaps it's just because I'm (so pretty) from the UK, or maybe these names have waned in popularity since, but why Tempie/Capie? Are they/were they common names? Jarrell sings Tempie/Tempy and Lunsford sings Capie. Is there a joke I'm not getting here, or were these names really that common back then in the US? I could understand more if the names were used for the sake of a rhyme, but they're just sort of... there, and to someone coming from a completely different neck of the woods (both space and time wise) they seem very odd. Love it though, of course, 'specially as I think of the song as Tempie, not MITG.

Any information regarding the origin/meaning of the lyrics in general would be gratefully received.

Shout outs to anyone called Tempie/Capie! Be my wife!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Mole in the Ground/Tempie/Capie
From: Lighter
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 05:02 PM

Outside of the song, never heard of 'em.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Mole in the Ground/Tempie/Capie
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 11:13 PM

Some cultures make up personal names more than others, and I guess the author of those lyrics belonged to a culture that made up Tempie and Capie and the "Kimbi" that was in the DT.

I've never heard those names before.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Mole in the Ground/Tempie/Capie
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 11:21 PM

I always thought Capie,or Kimbi, was Kippi on that line. But I would be the first to admit I might have misheard it. Kipie wants a nine dollar shawl/Kippie wants a nine dollar shawl/Nine dollar shaw, I need my Mackinaw/Kippie wants a nine dollar shawl. That's how I heard it on an album called New folks Volume 2 on vanguard featuring Lisa Kindred, who performed that song; Phil Ochs, Eric Andersen, and Bob Jones (now Robert , who has been influential in the Newport Folk Festivals).


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Subject: RE: Origins: Mole in the Ground/Tempie/Capie
From: Lighter
Date: 13 Aug 14 - 08:05 AM

Never heard of Kipie or Kimbi or Kippie either, though I've heard "Kip" twice as a masculine nickname. Why, I don't know.


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