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Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'

GUEST,Bethany 21 Oct 14 - 12:30 AM
maeve 21 Oct 14 - 06:32 AM
GUEST,Bethany 14 Nov 14 - 12:06 AM
clueless don 14 Nov 14 - 09:02 AM
GUEST,dick greenhaus 14 Nov 14 - 11:34 AM
Richie 15 Nov 14 - 12:40 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 15 Nov 14 - 10:56 AM
Bonzo3legs 15 Nov 14 - 11:58 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 15 Nov 14 - 07:28 PM
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Subject: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: GUEST,Bethany
Date: 21 Oct 14 - 12:30 AM

My family has a set of words that they sing to the song "Chicken Reel" and I am trying to find out where they come from. I know they're at least sixty years old but I can't find anyone who knows this set of lyrics that isn't a family member.

As best as I can recall, the lyrics go like this…
"It's a trick to pick a chicken when they cackle in the coop,
some are laying, some are lying some are labeled 'chicken soup'
Take a dominicker rooster or a dominicker hen,
call it chicassee or fricassee, it's only chicken soup.

Cock a doodle, expect to see your chicken noodle,
out in the country, that's the style
cock a doodle, candy and mine apple strudel
sweeter than the kisses of my honey child

Well, the farmer's got a gobbler and a gander and a goose
and a mighty pretty daughter and he'd never turn her loose
If you like the farmer's daughter she's a chicken you can steal,
if you swing her while the fiddler plays a real chicken real

Cock a doodle, expect to see your chicken noodle,
out in the country, that's the style
cock a doodle, candy and mine apple strudel
sweeter than the kisses of my honey child"

If anyone has any information as to where these lyrics might have come from I would love to hear from you.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: maeve
Date: 21 Oct 14 - 06:32 AM

Bethany, I found your family song in an earlier thread of songs about chickens. thread.cfm?threadid=85872
In it, Jim Dixon posted the following:
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Subject: Lyr Add: COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO (Louis Jordan)
From: Jim Dixon - PM
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 07:17 AM

"Several of these phrases are questionable. I'm not sure they're even intended to make sense."

COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO
As sung by Louis Jordan, 1951.
Tune: Turkey in the Straw.

1. It's a trick to pick a chicken when the cackle's in the coop.
Some are layin'; some are lyin'; some are labeled chicken soup.
Take a Dominicker rooster or a Dominicker hen
For some ricky-ticky chicken pickin' right from the pen.

CHORUS: Coo-whack-a-do: fricassee or new,
Who-whack-a-doodle, yams and apple strudel,
Out in the country, that's the style,
Sweet as the kisses from a honey chile.

2. When you wake up in the mornin' to the cock-a-doodle-doo,
And you sneak into the chicken shack and pick a chick or two,
Fill the kettle full o' vittles and your griddle papa view(?),
For the fricassee of chickasee, it's only chicken stew. CHORUS

3. Now the farmer's got a gobbler and a gander and a goose,
And a mighty pretty daughter but he'll never turn her loose.
If you like the farmer's daughter, she's a chicken you can steal.
You swing 'er while the fiddle plays a real chicken reel. CHORUS

Cock-a-doodle-doo!
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Here's a link to the version Jim mentioned: Louis Jordan - Cock A Doodle Doo


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Subject: RE: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: GUEST,Bethany
Date: 14 Nov 14 - 12:06 AM

Thank you so much. This helps a lot.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: clueless don
Date: 14 Nov 14 - 09:02 AM

So, is it sung to "The Chicken Reel"? or to "Turkey in the Straw"?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: GUEST,dick greenhaus
Date: 14 Nov 14 - 11:34 AM

Back in the late 1940s, when we danced to Chicken Reel, the only words I knew were:
Never trouble trouble 'til trouble troubles you


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Subject: RE: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: Richie
Date: 15 Nov 14 - 12:40 AM

The "original" words were from John Daly in 1910 and are on my site here: http://www.bluegrassmessengers.com/chicken-reel-.aspx

There's also four recordings, one with vocals,

Richie


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Subject: RE: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 15 Nov 14 - 10:56 AM

Mr. Ritchie,

That is one AWSOME Website and catalogued collection.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

WOW ! ! ! Amazing.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Nov 14 - 11:58 AM

Or there's this!!

Chicken Rhythm


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Subject: RE: Origins: Words to 'Chicken Reel'
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 15 Nov 14 - 07:28 PM

Mr. BONZ0,

PLEASE take a look, a real thorough look at Mr. RITCHIE, and the amazing collection he has gathered.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

> Hang your tail between your legs...and shuffle away in shame


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