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bohemianwench 03 Nov 01 - 08:35 AM
Sorcha 03 Nov 01 - 11:46 AM
Jeri 04 Nov 01 - 10:55 AM
Peter K (Fionn) 04 Nov 01 - 12:28 PM
Sorcha 04 Nov 01 - 01:19 PM
Nigel.Parsons 04 Nov 01 - 02:54 PM
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Snuffy 04 Nov 01 - 06:16 PM
bohemianwench 12 Nov 01 - 10:49 AM
Micca 12 Nov 01 - 11:34 AM
GUEST,Colin Jory (Australia) 24 Aug 04 - 10:08 AM
GUEST,MMario 24 Aug 04 - 10:19 AM
GUEST,Lindsay 24 Aug 04 - 10:56 AM
GUEST,Elizabeth Block 23 Nov 06 - 11:22 AM
Micca 23 Nov 06 - 12:19 PM
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Joe Offer 04 Jan 09 - 03:46 AM
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Subject: Follow the Band...
From: bohemianwench
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 08:35 AM

Successfully located the lyrics for the song, but the link to the tune doesn't seem to work. The tune's called "littlepig"...I don't know who performs it, but I really need to find the tune.

Thanks in advance!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 11:46 AM

How quickly do you need it? Mudcat is in the process of moving house and the link is probably on Shorty. He should be back up and running in a few days. If you need it sooner, I could see if I can find a sound file elsewhere........


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 10:55 AM

I looked for this yesterday. The link doesn't work because there is no tune file 'LITTLPIG.mid', to which the link points. I don't know whether the name was changed, the tune was deleted, or never was there.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 12:28 PM

I'll be interested in this, when someone tracks it down.

Only ever heard the song once, and then only a snatch. It was in a disturbingly memorable scene in a film about some woman who had got possessed by loads of personalities. It was being sung by street musicians I think. Anyone remember the film?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 01:19 PM

I never did find a sound file anywhere else, either.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Nigel.Parsons
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 02:54 PM

It may be a different song entirely, but isn't this from the musical "Barnum" ?

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 02:55 PM

Not sure, Nigel. There was that movie, and then also one with the title "Follow the Band". I can't figure out if the tune requested was in either movie, or is a different tune altogether.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 06:16 PM

Is it the dirty rugby song with the chorus

Hey jig-a-jig
Shag a little pig
Follow the band
Follow the band all the way?

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: bohemianwench
Date: 12 Nov 01 - 10:49 AM

Snuffy: That's the one. A friend sang it for me, and our group needs to learn it, but w/o the recording, I'm lost. If the tune's out there to download, great, if I have to buy a CD, also no problem.

Sorry it took me so long to get back here to answer!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Micca
Date: 12 Nov 01 - 11:34 AM

Bohemianwench, as a last resort, if you cant get it any other way, Pm me with a e-mail addy and I can make an MP3 of it and e-mail it to you!!!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,Colin Jory (Australia)
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 10:08 AM

I too have long been seeking the song "Follow the Band" (or "Hot jig-a-jig" or "Hi jig-a-jig"--I'm not sure which is the usual title). It is an echo from childhood, and since then I have encountered it in a black-and-white movie about the Pacific War called "The Long and the Short and the Tall". I've found the risque lyrics; I'd prefer more decent ones.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 10:19 AM

Follow the Band - click here for lyrics

I've heard the chorus as...

Hey diggy diggy, shake a little piggie
Follow the band
Follow the band
Follow the band!
Hey diggy diggy, shake a little piggie
Follow the band
Fall in and follow the band


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,Lindsay
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 10:56 AM

It featured in a film which I think was called "A Hill In Korea" starring David McCallum, I can remember one verse

Oh my husband's a corporal, a corporal, a corporal
A very fine corporal is he
And all day he knocks men about, knocks men about, knocks men about
And then he comes home and knocks me:

Singing hey jig-a-jig, f**ck a little pig
Follow the band....

there is another verse I used to hear my father sing, to the same tune, but I think it's unrelated to this particular song:

I've been in the saddle for hours and hours
I've stuck it as long as I could
I've stuck it and stuck it, and then I said "F**k it"
My bollocks are not made of wood


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,Elizabeth Block
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 11:22 AM

A friend of mine sings this, with a number of verses. I've asked her to come to Mudcat and tell people where she got the tune.
Meanwhile, here's a couple of proposed new verses that I made up.

My husband's a critic ... All day he knocks plays
My husband's a voyageur ... All day he humps packs
My husband's a comedian ... All day he pokes fun

Elizabeth Block, Toronto


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Micca
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 12:19 PM

My Husbands a sexton.....bangs bells
my husbands a miner......goes down....and at night he comes up and goes down

Someone started a "clean" version of this at the "Late night Extra" in the " Silent Auction room" at the Getaway this year which I think I Might have a recording, that version went

" Hey gig a gig Kiss a little pig
Follow the band etc"
To her surprise the chorus she got back from the assembled reprobates etc was
" Hey gig a gig F**k alittle pig
Follow the band
Follow the band with your tool in your hand
Hey gig a gig F**k alittle pig
Follow the band
Fall in and follow the band"


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Snuffy
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 12:52 PM

Why would anybody kiss a pig???


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Dec 07 - 08:04 PM

Hey jig-a-jig, cook a little pig
Follow the band
Follow the band all the way!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 08:41 PM

The song was featured in the tv movie "Sybil" starring Sally Fields as a young woman who suffered from multiple personality disorder. I think it was shown in the 1970's. It might be on DVD or video; not sure, but the movie won many awards.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 10:22 AM

Harry Ogden used to sing :

Me husband's a jockey, a jockey, a jockey
A very fine jockey is he -
All day he rides horses, rides horses, rides horses
And then he comes home and drinks tea :-)

Oh hey jig-a-jig
Fuck (sic : jig) a dead pig, follow the band,
Follow the band all the way

Repeat


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Follow the Band...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 03:46 AM

Any idea about the origins or sources of this song? I'm at Camp New Harmony. Sylvia Herold sang this song half an hour ago, and people have been coming up with new verses ever since.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 05:49 PM

The basic idea of the double-entendre in the man's actions is the same as in the rugby song If I were the marrying kind.

I would think it not totally impossible that both songs originated from rugby - that's where I came across both.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: Melissa
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 06:08 PM

I had this on a 45 the other side was "Bless 'em All"
Aren't they both cleaned-up (for public consumption)wartime songs?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,wormstabber
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 06:23 PM

the song was performed in the film virgin soldiers


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 04:53 AM

This tune has always sounded to me like one of those that originated as something else before being pressed into service by the rugger·bugger fraternity. Am I right?:—

Classical, perhaps [like say Dvorak's Humoresque or Ponchielli's Dance Of The Hours, both of which have done duty to carry Rugby·song type lyrics]?

Or music-hall?

Or even Sousa-or-other·march with march-rhythm slightly mucked about [cf Stars·n·Stripes·Forever or Col·Bogey].

Or did it indeed actually originate with its present well known "'Whatever' a Little Pig" shtick? Somehow my gut-instinct tells me otherwise.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,Liv
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 02:47 PM

This song was also in the play, "The Long, The Short and The Tall"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 03:13 PM

There is a three verse (one chorus) version in the Forum under:

Subject: RE: Rugby Football Songs
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 08:38 PM

THE COUNTRY GENTLEMAN

HOWEVER....there is another version - published into a hash-hymnal .... searching - it is here somewhere ....it goes....

CHORUS "Hey chicky - chick
F~ck a little bit???
Follow the man.
Follow the man with the cock in his hand.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 03:50 PM

Ahhh...the hymnal is hiding on-disk in MS Publisher...

HEY, CHICK A CHICK

Singing hey chick-a-chick
Fuck a little bit? Follow the man
Follow the man with his cock in his hand
Singing hey chick-a-chick
Fuck a little bit? Follow the man
Follow the man all the way

As notedFrom: Bryn Pugh
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 10:22 AM

Me husband's a jockey, a jockey, a jockey
A very fine jockey is he - All day he rides horses, rides horses, rides horses
And then he comes home and drinks tea.

My husbands a —-gets home—-me

plumber - stuffs pipes
carpenter screws screws
postman licks stamps
taxidermist stuffs animals
chef whips cream
chef beats eggs

ETC...

I am sure Joe can add more from the event.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 05:41 AM

Nobody has answered my query of 17 Sep about origin of this TUNE. Doesn't anybody know?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 11:45 PM

MtheGM -

I believe you are referring to the tune from Barnum the Broadway Musical?

If - I am correct - the one in this thread is more along the lines of an ALMOST mono-sylabic-chant -.... (or the one I am referencing) on the likes of "I Used to Work in Chicago."

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

M-the-GM - If you have a reference (midi etc) tune to reference - that would help with your answer.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 01:29 PM

Many thanks gargoyle: but if used in Barnum, I suspect it might be as a quotation - the sort of tune the circus bands used to play, like Entry Of The Gladiators &c. I imagine it to be older than that.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 02:57 PM

MtheGM - do you have a sample of the tune you think of?

I know it as this version of "Follow the Band" for a tune.

As if you did not know from the thread....BAWDY Warning!

http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/field-work/patrick-collection/sudsucking-bigfoot-and-enter-the-gerbil/2004.04.26/Follow%20The%20Band.mp3

"Gypies In The Palace" is a truly fun H3 Kennel....(at times totally "Old Testament" in the back of the bus)

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

From the wonderful collection (It appears John M's Immortalia collection is still intact) - What a Discovery! The "goodies" are well hidden - try rugby songs. Lots of old friends and even Abby Sale and Dick Offer are here.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST
Date: 11 May 10 - 05:24 PM

This song has been added to Wikifonia


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,Archie
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 03:32 PM

Bricklayer - lays bricks
Postman stuffs sacks


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: GUEST,Barbara rae
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 02:56 AM

Just following up an old thread. Hi Jig a Jig, hie Jig a Jig follow the Band. Recorded by Jack Simpson and his Sextet. Parl. A7638. also The Rhythmic Troubadours with Lou Preager and his Orchestra. A total of 12 verses. Sheet music printed in 1947.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 04:31 PM

Frig a little pig.
Has a valid internal rhyme, at least


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Subject: RE: Origins: Follow the Band...
From: Ole Black Jake Two Fingers
Date: 09 Jun 18 - 04:32 PM

I first heard 'Hey Jig-A-Jig' when I was being evacuated as a child during the Flying Bomb Blitz in 1944 sung by two girls of about 10 or 11 years of age. They sang:

'Hey jig-a-jig, fuck a little pig, follow the band, follow the band all the way,
Singing, hey jig-a-jig, fuck a little pig, follow the band, follow the band all the way.

My husband's a joiner, a joiner, a joiner, a joiner, a joiner is he,
All day he screws in, screws screws in, screws screws in,
At night he comes home and screws me.

Chorus...

My husband's a foreman, a foreman. a foreman, a foreman, a foreman is he,
All day he fucks men about, fucks men about, fucks men about.
At night he comes home and fucks me.'

I was an avid collector of songs even then, with a photographic memory, but that was all of the words I was able to get because at that point a teacher entered the lower deck of the bus we were on, and promptly had a fit. (Later I scribbled them down somewhere.)

Being almost totally innocent I hadn't a clue why the teacher was making a fuss. This episode was, of course well before the 1947 recording referred to by Guest Barbara 21/3/12.

The (clean) words and music were written by Sim Simmons and performed by Max and Harry Nisbitt, but I'm not sure of the date. Obviously before 1944! There are about 12 verses (clean) and if anybody wants them I'm happy to oblige. The crude verses beyond the two quoted are more fun but I think I'll draw a veil of prudery over them at this point!

Ole Black Jake Two Fingers(Once of Norwich).


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