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Lyr Req: Cumberland Gap

Descamps Olivier, Belgium 04 Jan 97 - 12:45 AM
hartley@toto.pitton.com 06 Jan 97 - 10:39 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 23 Sep 01 - 08:39 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 23 Sep 01 - 09:09 PM
toadfrog 24 Sep 01 - 12:47 AM
Gypsy 20 Feb 02 - 11:06 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 20 Feb 02 - 11:49 PM
Gypsy 21 Feb 02 - 10:40 PM
Steve in Idaho 22 Feb 02 - 12:58 PM
GUEST,kyler brooks 28 Jun 10 - 09:56 PM
Roberto 29 Jun 10 - 04:09 AM
GUEST,Pappy Fiddle 03 Aug 10 - 10:57 PM
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Subject: Lyric request: Cumberland gap
From: Descamps Olivier, Belgium
Date: 04 Jan 97 - 12:45 AM

I am looking for the lyric of: - "Cumberlan gap" (trad.). - "There was an old soldier" (trad.) ... and he had a wooden foot ..) - "When the war is through" (used in the soundtrack of the film Custer of the West (by the composer Bernado Segall). - "When will love rule the world"(lyric + composition) also in the soundtrack of the film "Custer of the West" (by the composer Bernado Segall). Thank you for your help.

Olivier Descamps Nivelles, Belgium

E-mail: descaoli@mail.interpac.be


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Subject: Lyr Add: CUMBERLAND GAP
From: hartley@toto.pitton.com
Date: 06 Jan 97 - 10:39 PM

This is one of those songs that have many variations. One variation was sung with North and one by the South in the Civil War. Here is one I have heard with only 5 verses. You can probably make up an equal number and be a safe ground in the folk tradition.

1--Me and my wife and my wife's pap.
We all live down in the Cumberland Gap.
Chorus: Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Gap.
We all live in the Cumberland Gap.

2--Cumberland Gap is a noted place
Three kinds of water to wash your face.

3--The first white man in the Cumberland Gap
Was Doctor Walker, an English Chap. Ch

4--Daniel Boone on Pinnacle Rock,
Killed many Injuns with his old flintlock. Ch

5--Lay down, boys, and take a little nap.
Fo'teen miles to the Cumberland Gap. Ch

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 18-Feb-02.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CUMBERLAND GAP (Traditional/Lomax)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 08:39 PM

CUMBERLAND GAP*
Traditional/Lomax

Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
Fourteen miles to the Cumberland Gap.
 
The first white man in Cumberland Gap
The first white man in Cumberland Gap
The first white man in Cumberland Gap
Was Doctor Walker an English chap.
 
Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
They're raisin' hell in the Cumberland Gap.
 
Old Daniel Boone on the Pinnacle Rock
Old Daniel Boone on the Pinnacle Rock
Old Daniel Boone on the Pinnacle Rock
He killed Injuns with an old flint lock.
 
Now Cumberland Gap is a noted place
Now Cumberland Gap is a noted place
Now Cumberland Gap is a noted place
Here's three kinds of water to wash your face.
 
Cumberland Gap with its cliffs and rocks
Cumberland Gap with its cliffs and rocks
Cumberland Gap with its cliffs and rocks
The home of the panther the bear and the fox.
 
September morning '62
September morning '62
September morning '62
Morgan's Yankees all withdrew.
 
They spiked "long tom" on the mountain top
They spiked "long tom" on the mountain top
They spiked "long tom" on the mountain top
And over the cliffs they let him drop.
 
They burned the hay, the meal and meat
They burned the hay, the meal and meat
They burned the hay, the meal and meat
And left the Rebels nothing to eat.
 
Braxton Bragg with his rebel band
Braxton Bragg with his rebel band
Braxton Bragg with his rebel band
He run George Morgan to the blue grass land.
 
Now Cumberland Gap is not very far
Now Cumberland Gap is not very far
Now Cumberland Gap is not very far
It's just a littel piece from Middlesboro.


*The Cumberland Gap is that part of West Virginia bordering on Kentucky and Tennessee. In June, 1862, General Morgan captured the Gap and then lost it under pressure from Confederate forces on September 17, 1862.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CUMBERLAND GAP (Unknown)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 09:09 PM

CUMBERLAND GAP*
Unknown
This song is written about a soldier who missed the battle of Antietam because he had no shoes.

Lay down, boys, and take a little nap,
Lay down, boys, and take a little nap,
Lay down, boys, and take a little nap,
Fourteen miles to the Cumberland Gap.
 
The first white man in Cumberland Gap,
The first white man in Cumberland Gap,
The first white man in Cumberland Gap,
Was Doctor Walker, an English chap.
 
Daniel Boone on Pinnacle Rock...
Daniel Boone on Pinnacle Rock...
Daniel Boone on Pinnacle Rock...
He killed Indians with an old flintlock.
 
Cumberland Gap is a noted place...
Cumberland Gap is a noted place...
Cumberland Gap is a noted place...
Three kinds water to wash your face.
 
Cumberland Gap with its cliff and rocks...
Cumberland Gap with its cliff and rocks...
Cumberland Gap with its cliff and rocks...
Home of panther, bear and fox.
 
September mornin' in sixty-two...
September mornin' in sixty-two...
September mornin' in sixty-two...
Morgan's Yankees all withdrew.
 
They spiked Long Tom on the mountain top...
They spiked Long Tom on the mountain top...
They spiked Long Tom on the mountain top...
And over the cliffs they let him drop.
 
They burned the hay, the meal, and the meat...
They burned the hay, the meal, and the meat...
They burned the hay, the meal, and the meat...
And left the Rebels nothing to eat.
 
Braxton Bragg with his Rebel band...
Braxton Bragg with his Rebel band...
Braxton Bragg with his Rebel band...
He run George Morgan to the blue-grass land.
 
The Rebels now will give a little yell...
The Rebels now will give a little yell...
The Rebels now will give a little yell...
They'll scare the Yankees all to Hell.
 
Ol' Aunt Dinah, ef you don't keer...
Ol' Aunt Dinah, ef you don't keer...
Ol' Aunt Dinah, ef you don't keer...
Leave my little jug settin' right here.
 
Ef it's not here when I come back...
Ef it's not here when I come back...
Ef it's not here when I come back...
I'll raise Hell in Cumberland Gap.
 
Ol' Aunt Dinah took a little spell...
Ol' Aunt Dinah took a little spell...
Ol' Aunt Dinah took a little spell...
Broke my little jug all to Hell.
 
I've got a woman in Cumberland Gap...
I've got a woman in Cumberland Gap...
I've got a woman in Cumberland Gap...
She's got a boy that calls me "pap."
 
Me and my wife and my wife's grand' pap?
Me and my wife and my wife's grand' pap?
Me and my wife and my wife's grand' pap?
All raise Hell in Cumberland Gap.

From Soldiers' Songs which is a part of Songs of The Civil War


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Subject: RE: Lyric request : Cumberland gap
From: toadfrog
Date: 24 Sep 01 - 12:47 AM

It's already on digitrad: CUMBERLAND GAP Truly, there is nothing new under the sun!


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Subject: RE: Lyric request : Cumberland gap
From: Gypsy
Date: 20 Feb 02 - 11:06 PM

Well, as long as we are discussing Night they drove Old Dixie down, thought it was apropos to refresh this thread. Had forgotten that there was north and south lyrics for it.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request : Cumberland gap
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Feb 02 - 11:49 PM

Here is a song which mentions historical events- but the song has NO history of its own before the 1920s. It is a fiddlers dance tune.
WHEN words were set to it is unknown, but probably in the 1930s. The traditional Ballad Index sets 1934 as the first time written lyrics appeared , but I suspect that they were very slightly older. No authors are listed.
Listen to the Southern Kentucky Mountaineers play the tune on www.honkingduck.com Here Click on 78s and go to titles under "C"
One of the verses above mentions spiking Long Tom. Some might not be aware that this was a field piece with a long range for the time. The common method of spiking was to pour molten lead into the barrel. Another was to set an explosive charge in the barrel.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request : Cumberland gap
From: Gypsy
Date: 21 Feb 02 - 10:40 PM

Reallllleeeee? Thanks for sharing, had no idea that it was written as recently as that. Just figured it was written at the timeline suggested.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request : Cumberland gap
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 22 Feb 02 - 12:58 PM

Actually spiking comes from the days of wooden ships. Often a boarding party would sneak aboard a ship and "spike the guns" by driving a spike, or nail, (could be wood or steel) into the fuse hole. Or the guns would be spiked to prevent their use by the other side in the event of being defeated.

In the case of a position in danger of being over run by "pressure from the Southern forces" would preclude the time necessary to melt lead and pour it down the barrel. But taking a nail and driving it into the fuse hole and snapping off the top of it would render the gun useless.

Sorry for the thread creep *BG*

Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cumberland Gap
From: GUEST,kyler brooks
Date: 28 Jun 10 - 09:56 PM

I want to listen to it now


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Subject: Lyr Add: CUMBERLAND GAP (Frank Proffitt)
From: Roberto
Date: 29 Jun 10 - 04:09 AM

A fine recording of Cumberland Gap, sung by Frank Proffitt, in the anthology High Atmosphere: Ballads and Banjo Tunes from Virginia and North Carolina, Rounder Records (1975):

Well, I'm goin' to Cumberland Gap
See my granny and my grandpap

When I die, I make a will
I want to be buried on Cumberland Hill

Cumberland Gap, oh Cumberland Gap
Everybody headin' for the Cumberland Gap

Listen here, Katy, if you don't care
Leave my liquor jug a-settin' here

It's not here when I get back
I'll raise the devil in Cumberland Gap

Well, ox to the wagon, everything packed
Everybody headin' for the Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap is not my home
I'm gon' leave old Cumberland alone


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cumberland Gap
From: GUEST,Pappy Fiddle
Date: 03 Aug 10 - 10:57 PM

See _The Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry_ By Larry Gordon. On p. 44, Gordon claims that "Cumberland Gap" was a popular ballad "even before the Civil War" and that new lyrics were put to it in celebration of Morgan's retreat from the Gap in 1862.


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