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GUEST,celtaddict 04 Jul 03 - 11:58 AM
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Subject: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 11:58 AM

For a dear and demented nephew, I am collecting a set of dead animal songs.
He's Nobody's Moggy Now
Little Gomez
Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road
Dead Horse Shanty
Fishing for Chickens
Any other goodies to add? (With where I can find them?)


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:12 PM

Hi, Celtaddict - for your pleasure, we have a wide and wonderful collection of possum songs. Oh, and don't forget our road kill thread.
Enjoy.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:18 PM

Thanks, Joe, I did try "Dead animal songs" and unearthed no threads.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:22 PM

A friend of mine, Jim Jarratt, wrote one called Squashed Hedgehogs, about trips out in the car with young children.
Wibseyman website
He also is responsible for one of ghost stories. Brigantian Whispers
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:29 PM

It's been an awful long time since I heard a dead animal sing; must be why I can't remember any titles! :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:31 PM

They usually HUM abit after a couple of days in the sun!
Quack!


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Subject: ADD Verse: Dead Puppies
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 12:33 PM

Here you go, from the Digitrad + a verse that my friend Rhymin' Simon sings - I think there are other verses around too:

DEAD PUPPIES

D....A........Bm....F#m
////-////-----////-////
Dead puppies, dead puppies

G....A.......Bm....F#m
////-////----////-////
Dead puppies aren't much fun.


Verses: They don't come, when you call
They don't chase no squirrels at all
Dead puppies aren't much fun

Mom said puppies' days are through
Then she chunked him in the stew
Dead puppies aren't much fun

Puppy died late last fall
He's still rotting in the hall
Dead puppies aren't much fun

////=one measure in 4/4...again, the verse and chorus
are the same (musically)

Here's Simon's verse, which he sings first:

When you pick them up they sag
When you go for walks they drag
Dead puppies aren't much fun.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Emma B
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 01:08 PM

Pete Grassby's 'wonderful?' rendition of "I Put My Dog in the Microwave!" as heard in many late nite sessions


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:39 PM

Oh, hey, there are a number of dead animal songs on the "D" page of the Digital Tradition. Dead Dog Scrumpy is particularly inspiring. Emma, do you happen to have the lyrics to "I Put My Dog in the Microwave"?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:53 PM

I'm Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover.
The Unicorn Song (Shel Silverstein)
Puff The Magic Dragon (can be interpreted that way)


There's more too - I know there was a thread about this sometime.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:53 PM

There's an old country song called "Old Shep" that's about a faithful hunting dog going off to its final reward. I'm not sure of the original author, but it was covered by a lot of Nashville stars in the 50s and 60s.
Rev


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: alanabit
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:53 PM

The roast beef of England....? (It's about a dead animal).


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 02:58 PM

check out this thread:

Animal Songs

It has some more dead animal songs including my favoirite Nell Flaherty's Drake. (at the time I was Blackcat2)


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Candyman(inactive)
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:02 PM

The old grey goose is dead in "Go Tell Aunt Rhody."


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Candyman(inactive)
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:05 PM

"Old Blue" is another one about a dog that died.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Seaking
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:22 PM

Bob Eaglesham's 'Tortoise song' The tortoise gets it in the last verse - "I made him into plectrums, I knew this plectrum well"


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:29 PM

you can start with searching Digitrad for the keywords @deadcat @deaddog and @deadbaby.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Lutenist
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:52 PM

Jake Thackray's wonderful 'Tortoise'.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 04:19 PM

A couple of Music Hall songs:

Jeerusalem's Dead! (Donkey)

Down the Road (Horse)


LFF


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOWSER JENKINS
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 04:39 PM

"...Once I had a yaller dog, his name was Towser Jenkins.
The butcher cut his tail off with a cleaver...
Towser had his trademark on every cat in town,
And when he spotted one, he'd never leave her.

He wore his legs off stumpy, chasin' milk carts 'round the country.
Had bunions on his knees from jumpin' ditches.
Had all the hair wore off his ribs
From chasin' cats around the corn cribs...
But empty is the doghouse, Towsers poisoned.

No more he'll look for liver down beside the Suwanee River,
No more will boys baptize him in the sewer..
No more homeward will he wail, with ten cans tied to his tail..
For empty is the doghouse...Towser's poisoned."

...from a Folk Legacy album by Harry Tufts. (I hope that right!)


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 04:44 PM

The Wolfhound (DT or Mudcat Songbook)

Dead Dog Cider from Charley Noble-- maybe someone has a link to this sound file to offer?

Puff the Magic Dragon, if you add a verse. :~) Go ahead. You know you want to.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: LadyJean
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 05:26 PM

I've always enjoyed "The Body In the Bag", perhaps because the cat isn't really dead.
"The Boar's Head Carol" would work for Christmas. So, I suppose would, "King Herod and the Cock".


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 07:39 PM

King Herod's cock was dead?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SOW TOOK THE MEASLES (from Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,Puffenkinty
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:17 PM

Burl Ives used to sing a little number called
"The Sow Took the Measles"

It goes:

How do you think I begin in the world?
I got me a sow and several other things,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

What do you think I made of her hide?
The very best saddle that you ever did ride,
Saddle or bridle or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

What do you think I made of her nose?
The very best thimble that ever sewed clothes.
Thimble or thread or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

What do you think I made of her tail?
The very best whup that ever sot sail,
Whup or whup or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.

What do you think I made of her feet?
The very best pickles that you ever did eat,
Pickles or glue or any such thing,
The sow took the measles and she died in the spring.


There may have been other verses but these are all I remember.
(A mind is a terrible thing....)


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: mack/misophist
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:31 PM

The Beat Farmers had a great song called I'm A Happy Boy that featured the remains of 'my little dog Spot'.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,etoile
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:35 PM

this is sort of a little lame one to the tune of oh christmas tree...

oh tom the toad, oh tom the toad,
why did you hop into the road?
you were alive, but now you're dead
your face looks like tire tread
oh tom the toad, oh tom the toad,
why did you hop into the road?


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Amergin
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:44 PM

Well it is far from funny...but there is Eric Bogle's song As If He Knows...


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 10:57 PM

Dunderbeck, and Mrs. Murphy's Chowder-- between the two of them they killed off most of any good-sized town's animal population!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: LadyJean
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 11:23 PM

"Down on the bank of the yankity yank.
The bullfrog jumped from bank to bank.
He stubbed his toe and in he fell,
and the neighbors all said he went to hell."
Presumably the frog was dead.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Nancy King
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 11:44 PM

And then there's the late Jan Harmon's song lamenting that "The State of Maine license is the only license with a dead animal on it" (referring to the red lobster on the license plates).

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 12:49 AM

The Cat Came Back

Now the cat sat on the porch and he ate a piece of cheese,
An Irishman came by, he was feeling well at ease.
The cat he was a-smiling, for he was fully fed;
The Irishman sang "Britannia!" and the cat fell dead --

But his ghost came back, he wouldn't stay away,
He was sitting on the porch on the very next day.
His ghost came back, he didn't want to roam,
He haunted Freddie's house and his home sweet home.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD BROWN DOG
From: songs2play
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:52 AM

OLD BROWN DOG   

Ralph McTell

That old brown dog sleeps in the rain
Unless the sun has shone.
That old brown dog is all alone,
Since Old Bill been gone.
And sleeping in the rain
Only gives a dog a bad name.
If Bill were alive
Well I know he would decide
To have the same thing done.

That old brown dog he smells so bad,
Say the people from the town.
That old brown dog is almost lame,
Someone should put him down.
It would be an act of kindness,
You know it's for the best.
You bring a rope, bring a gun,
And it'll all be over
Before the dog can guess.

Could an old brown dog have become wise
Guessed they were all after him.
His hearing was failing, and his eyes
Were fast growing dim.
On the day they came to kill him
He sensed a rabbit on a log.
Did anybody see a rabbit
Chased across the meadows
By an old brown dog.

That old brown dog, tail wagging,
As he laid himself down.
It did not seam to matter,
That the rabbit had long gone to ground.
And there in the summer heat,
His old heart ceased to beat
And high above the meadow
The skylarks singing as the spark went out.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 08:06 AM

Carrion Crow - "he shot his old sow clean through the heart


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 10:20 AM

In "Hi Ho Says Rowley" the frog that lives in the well suffers when he leaves his new bride because

"...as the frog was crossing the stream
Hi Ho say Rowley
A big dog came and he gobbled him up."


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 11:42 AM

Songs2play: that is not at all the sort of song I had in mind for a kids' set of the "Nobody's Moggy" ilk, but sounds like a wonderful song. I have not heard it. Is it recorded somewhere?
My brothers and I refer to the squashed-by-the-roadside amphibians as "Frisbee frogs" (don't ask) and it seems to me there must be a song in there.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 11:51 AM

A friend of mine returned from a trip to America, with the term Bugsplat! for the flies on the windscreen. That sounds like a good title too!
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Little Hawk
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 12:33 PM

And don't forget the unbearably maudlin reference to the dead dog in Mister Bojangles..."the dog up and died, dog up and died...after 30 years he still grieves". Argh! I snort every time I hear it badly performed by someone who ought to learn a new song or two...or even write one. :-) I bet Jerry Jeff Walker is sick of it too.

- LH


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:23 PM

My other favorite term for the flat red mess is "Road Pizza" which arose from a bizarre "cheer" at Boy Scout camp. It involved the circle around the campfire being divided in halves and was a sort of call-and-response.
A: Ribbit, ribbit.
B: Vroom, vroom.
A: (louder) Ribbit, ribbit.
B: (louder) Vroom, vroom.
...and so forth louder and faster until the leader clapped his hands together, and all yelled in unison, "Road pizza!"


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Gareth - Cleaning PC 'n forgot to log in
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:32 PM

Then there is Lehrer "Poisening Pideons in the Park" - Click 'Ere

Gareth


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 04:50 PM

"Puppies Cooked in Brine" by "Urban Tapestry", Here

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Abby Sale
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 06:09 PM

Oor Cat's Deid        (learned from Phil & Sid Taylor, a Glasgow street
                song in _101_ Scottish Songs)
Lingle lingle lang tang oor cat's deid
Whit did she dee wi'?
Wi' a sair heid!
A' ye that kent her
When she was alive
Come to her funeral
Atween four and five.

==========

From: Eric Berge

Icky-gooey was a worm
A mighty worm was he;
He sat upon a railroad track,
A train he did not see.
Icky-gooey.             <--- Last line spoken.

=========

It's so lonesome in the saddle since my horse died
Ridin' on the range ain't no more fun
It's so lonesome in the saddle since my horse died
Reckon I'll get another 'un.

============

From Margaret MacArthur

Oh the grasshopper sat on the sweet potato vine
The sweet potato vine, the sweet potato vine
the turkey gobler came up behind
And snapped him off the sweet potato vine

===============

In Johnnie o' Braidesley (Child 114) his twa grey dogs die.

================

And, of course, Ninety-nine Dead Turtles, Hanging on the Wall.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 07:11 PM

Oh what was that one with a chorus that tallied the huntin 'n shooting
".... two game wardens and a cow" with the adjectival addition or "purte bred Jersey" for the bovine on the closing chorus. Sounds like a Tom Lehrer song or a Woody Allen story - probably an amalgum "in the style of". Seem to remember the line about game wardens not being in season.

I have a rabbit roadkill song - all the usual jokes in there. Not on my web site thought Todd the Toad is there as a "as heard" version.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 07:24 PM

Blackcatter: Thank you. I have known that song in that version since childhood, and learned it from someone with an accent, and never knew what the Irishman sang (or said, in her version), and since then have only heard varying versions without that last verse.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 10:38 PM

There's also
The Cat got dead...

Oh the cat got dead
so we put him in a box
And we put it in a hole
And we covered it with rocks
and we picked a few daisies
and we said a few prayers
then we all went to bed
cause no-one really cares

It carries on until we find that the cat wasn't really dead merely "catatonic" (groan) and he gets chased by a dog out into the street where he gets run over...Then we start over with "the cat got dead".

How about the parody of Muskrat Love, Hampster Love, where they describe just about every way to prepare the little critters for consumption.

Then there's
Fish Heads, fish heads, rolly polly fish heads
fish heads, fish heads, eat them up, yum!

Also...
Ozzie Fudd, the Wabbit Swayer
With his black leather hunting outfit and twelve guage shotgun guitar.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NOBODY'S MOGGY'S LAND (Bob Kanefsky)
From: Blackcatter
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 12:05 AM

I ran across this one (pun intentional) in the DT a couple of years back:

NOBODY'S MOGGY'S LAND (No Moggy's Land)
(Bob Kanefsky)

Well, how d'ya do, old Moggy the Cat?
I just noticed you landed where I almost sat.
D'ya mind if I push you a bit to the side?
I've been driving all day on the road where you died.
You've been squashed like some butterfly pressed between glass
Were you hit by a truck that was moving too fast?
Did he slam on the brake as he saw you go past?
Or, Moggy the Cat, did he step on the gas?

CHORUS Did he honk the horn loudly?
Did you stand your ground proudly?
Did a shadow fall o'er ya as the truck mowed you down?
Did your eyes glow in that fleeting darkness?
Did the birds come and pick at your carcass?

The ground squirrels and mice all seem happy today,
The butterflies frolic; the hummingbirds play.
A mockingbird sits there composing a dirge
Till he finally yields to his scavenger urge.
The robins and sparrows all join in the feast
In their joyous relief that the terror has ceased.
And the birds dance around you, not sad in the least,
Like the Munchkins danced over the Witch of the East.

Old Moggy the Cat, I still wonder why
You road-kill look so damned surprised when you die.
Did you think that some animal spirit survives?
Did you really believe that a cat has nine lives?
Well, if that is true, this is life Number Ten
Getting ever more flat, spinning round now and then,
As the cars run you over again and again
And again and again and again and again!


Copyright 1989 Bob Kanefsky; reprinted with permission
Tune "No Man's Land," by Eric Bogle


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HUNTING SONG (Tom Lehrer)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 04:17 AM

Mr Red:

TOM LEHRER REVISITED
8. The Hunting Song
Almost every day during the hunting season you see at least one item in the newspapers about somebody who has shot somebody else, under the impression that he was a deer with a red hat, perhaps. Maybe a large flesh-colored squirrel. At any rate, it seems to me that this marks an encouraging new trend in the field of blood sports, and deserves a new type of hunting song which I present herewith.

I always will remember,
'Twas a year ago November,
I went out to hunt some deer
On a morning bright and clear.
I went and shot the maximum the game laws would allow:
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.

I was in no mood to trifle,
I took down my trusty rifle
And went out to stalk my prey.
What a haul I made that day!
I tied them to my fender, and I drove them home somehow:
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.

The law was very firm, it
Took away my permit,
The worst punishment I ever endured.
It turned out there was a reason,
Cows were out of season,
And one of the hunters wasn't insured.

People ask me how I do it,
And I say "There's nothin' to it,
You just stand there lookin' cute,
And when something moves, you shoot!"
And there's ten stuffed heads in my trophy room right now:
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a pure-bred Guernsey cow.



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Notes
      *In the orchestral version of this song, the last two stanzas are repeated.

Taken fron This site which seems to have all Tom Lehrer's songs with MIDIs

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 04:22 AM

Chie Chaos: mentioned "Also...Ozzie Fudd, the Wabbit Swayer
With his black leather hunting outfit and twelve guage shotgun guitar
"
Reminiscent of the cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?" in which Elmer Fudd sings "Kill de Wabbit" ttto "Ride of the Valkyries", and ends with
"I did, I killed de wabbit!"

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: wordfella
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 07:15 AM

"Fur Coat" by a fella named Carruthers is brilliant, but I can't find it on the web. Nashville's banjo comic Mike Snider has a recording of it.

I'll keep looking...


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Genie
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 07:23 AM

The Fox - The goose, of course, gets eaten.

Froggy Went A Courtin' - Most versions end with the wedding party being swallowed up by a snake, etc.

Armadillos Waltz - One verse of this is about "armadillo stew" after the "armadillos waltz on the highway late at night" and a truck comes along.

El Burro - (Spanish) A lament for the town burro, who has died.

Gallo Del Cielo - Lyrics here in the forum. Gallo Del Cielo is a fighting cock that kills many an opponent but finally meets his match.

The Last Leviathan - OK, it's more about species extinction (actual or threatened) than about individual dead animals, but...

Barney - Ian Tyson sang this song about having to "put down" a beloved horse.

The Roadkill Connection - parody of "The Rainbow Connection"

Old Dog Tray - Stephen Foster - I can't remember if Tray dies in the song or not. But since it's a Civil War era song, he's no doubt dead by now. ;)

Kitty Popcorn - This is another Civil War era song, a real tear-jerker, about a dear departed kitty cat.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Sooz
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 09:10 AM

Les Barker's "May the turtle be unbroken" as sung by Derek Brimstone.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 10:34 AM

Nigel Parsons

Thankyour for that. I was on the right lines anyway.

What about the A.E.Houseman poem set to music by I know not who.
the tag line is "He who sleeps under the blackthorn tonight"


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 11:44 AM

Wow, who would have thought this topic would have struck such a chord? I think I will be putting together two sets, one big one of the "Moggy" sort and possibly a more plaintive one as well. I obviously have some searching to do. I have some vague recollection of one with a duck, besides Nell Flaherty and The Fox. . .
May the Turtle Be Unbroken? Wonderful! Are the words somewhere?


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Emma B
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 11:52 AM

The last verse to the Froggy went a courtin' version I know ends:=

That was the end of him and her
Ding dang dong go the wedding bells
No little tadpoles covered in for
Ding etc...

Aarrhhh.......


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 12:38 PM

wordfella :
""Fur Coat" by a fella named Carruthers is brilliant, but I can't find it on the web. Nashville's banjo comic Mike Snider has a recording of it."
More word association, in one episode of "The Simpsons" Montgomery Burns ends up with a litter from 'Santas Little Helper' wanting to skin him for his coat (a la Cruella de Ville) and shows his collection of clothing made from animal skins while singing "Be My Vest" (a parody of 'Be Our Guest' from 'Beauty & The Beast')
Almost finished typing this and thought of checking 'The Net'. Lyrics are Here, at Simpsons Song Book

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 01:01 PM

Be My Vest MP3 Scroll down to 'Songs'

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 03:12 PM

GUEST,celtaddict
Les Barker is well switched-on web wise but you may have to buy his merchandise to get the words. A lot of his verse is based on a tune rhythm of some sort. Someone set his Titanic poem where a Polar Bear is asking a clerk at the White Star line offices "Have you got any news of the Iceberg (my family were on it you see)" and that has been set to music.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 03:59 PM

Remember Nina's 99 Luft Balloons (or the english rendered 99 Red Balloons)?

Someone did a parody called "99 Dead Baboons"


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Genie
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 01:31 AM

celtaddict, re "dead duck" songs, there's a very funny songwriter in Bellingham, WA (by way of Vancouver, BC) named Zeke Hoskin, who has a song with this chorus:
"O blow the horn loudly and rev up the truck!
We're off to the boondocks to murder the duck!"

One of the lines in one verse is:
"We don't know who shot him but the bugger's sure dead."

And other wonderful verses about drunken hunters and dead ducks (with more pounds of shot than pounds of duck).


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 09:14 AM

I don't think anyone's mentioned "Ghost Chickens in the Sky" but I haven't re-explored all the old threads.

WYSIWYG mentioned above my revised version of "Dead Dog Scrumpy" in which I added an essential chorus and then used a different tune, "Eight More Miles to Louisville," to sing it; here's the MP3 link to my personal website if you're interested:Dead Dog Cider

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs (this one is a bird)
From: GUEST,Yorky
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 09:38 AM

I remember being sung this when a child( in North Yorkshire UK)


All the birds of the air were a sighing and a sobbing when they heard of the death of poor cock robin...when they heard of the death of poor cock robin !

Who saw him die?... I said the fly...

I forget the rest... well, it was 50 years ago!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WIFE OF LINCOLNSHIRE
From: Emma B
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 01:44 PM

As requested, - just because it's you Joe but I warn you it's not for the squeamish!

THE WIFE OF LINCOLNSHIRE, collected from Peter Bones of Harbury 2001 as sung? by Pete (The Melodian Repairer and dog lover) Grassby

There was a wife from Lincolnshire to market she did go
She took her dog for company, across the ice and snow
Returning from the market they were drenched in freezing rain
So she put her dog in the microwave to dry it out again
So she put her dog in the microwave to dry it out again

A passer-by saw the cloud of smoke and called the fire brigade
The fireman said 'Now here I am, I'm here to give you aid
No need to make a statement, we know what you will say
You put your dog in the microwave, it's the second case today'

A veterinary surgeon kept a practice down the street
The wife begged him to resurrect the blackened lump of meat
The surgeon started laughing and guffawed 'This dog is wrecked
If you put your dog in a microwave what more do you expect?'

Her husband came from work that night and said 'Here I am
Your cooking smells delicious, is it chicken, pork or lamb?'
The wife began to tremble and a tear came to her eye
'I put the dog in the microwave just like a slice of pie!'

She went to see a medium who charged a hefty fee
She said 'We must communicate, this dog was dear to me'
An ectoplasm dog appeared and wailing like a ghost
Said 'You put the dog in the microwave, and frazzled it to toast'

The neighbours were inquisitive and tactlessly enquired
'We haven't seen your doggy, has he recently expired?'
The wife she trembled terribly and then began to howl'
No, I put the dog in the microwave, when I should have used a towel'

She sued the manufacturers of the oven she had bought
'The oven is too dangerous' she said in open court
'You did not read the manual' the lawyer said 'just see
If you put a dog in the microwave, it voids the guarantee'

The whole affair was featured in the early evening news
The RSPCA complained of 'Serious Dog Abuse'
The Chinese correspondent sent a simple message back
'If you put a dog in a microwave, it makes a tasty snack'

Definitely a very late night session (Moor and Coast tent) type song!


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Naemanson
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 03:37 AM

There's the Sailor's Grace:

Old horse, old horse, what brought you here,
From Sacarap, to Portland Pier,
All worn out from sore abuse,
They salt you down for the sailor's use.

And the Dead Horse Shanty though there is no real dead animal in that one.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Wolfgang
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 05:50 AM

to be sung as a round in different languages:

Le coq est mort
le coq est mort
Le coq est mort
le coq est mort
il ne chant plus
cocodie, cocoda
il ne chant plus
cocodie, cocoda
coco coco coco coco
die cocoda
coco coco coco coco
die cocoda

and then of course:

Der Hahn ist tot// er wird nicht mehr krähen

The cock is dead // he will no more crow

Noster gallus est mortuus // ille non cantabit

and maybe a dozen more languages

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 07:05 AM

To the tune of "Going to the Zoo".

They're turning my pony into glue tomorrow,
Glue tomorrow, glue tomorrow.
They're turning my pony into glue tomorrow,
He's going to boil all day.

He's going to be glue, glue, glue,
Bostic and Yahoo, hoo, hoo.
Araldite too, too, too.
He's going to be glue.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Peterr
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 06:28 AM

Susannah's a Funniful Man, with the little pigs turned into sausage
(snort) ossage (raspberry) ossage (whistle) iderly ossage
bacon
black pudding
etc


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: JennyO
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 11:18 AM

Oh Fred the fish, oh Fred the fish
Why are you lying on that dish?
You did not see the hook ahead
And now your head is filled with bread.
Oh Fred the fish, oh Fred the fish
Why are you lying on that dish?


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: rock chick
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 06:22 PM

wrote this when they were killing all those farm animals cos of the so called foot and mouth.

They took the gun to the aminals head
It looked them in the eyes
They shot it dead
Cry cry the animals die
Cry cry the ammonals die

The killing fields are thick with smoke
No frolicking lambs, no carves to stroke
Cry cry the animals die
Cry cry the animals die

Life should be cherished,
Not taken with the gun
Or the lethal injection,
Watch the animals run
Watch the animals run

They took the gun to the animals head
It looked them in the eyes
They shot it dead
Cry cry the animals die
Cry cry the ammonals die

The farmers cry, I wonder why
Their animals are gone
Is it money, is it greed
Or maybe because there really was no need
Can we learn to live as one?
In peace and harmony
Not by the gun
Not by the gun

They took the gun to the animals head
It looked them in the eyes
They shot it dead
Cry cry the animals die
Cry cry the ammonals die


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Subject: Lyr Add: LITTLE BUDDY (Hank Snow)
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 01:30 AM

There's Hank Snow's "Little Buddy".
My Dad used to pull out the guitar and sing this one to us when we were kids and make my sisters cry every time (but not me though. Nope! No way! I defy you to prove it!) they heard that line "You're too late, sir, my doggy's dead".

No Dad! Not that song!...


Little Buddy
by Hank Snow

Broken hearted and so sad, golden curls all wet with tears
Twas a picture of sorrow to see
Kneeling close to the side of his pal and only pride
A little lad these words he told me:

He was such a lovely doggy and to me he was such fun
But today as we played by the way
A drunken man got mad at him because he barked in joy
He beat him and he's dying here today

Will you call the doctor please and tell him if he comes right now
He'll save my precious doggie, 'cause I'll pray
Then he stroked the fluffy head, but his little pal was dead
Just a shiver and he slowly passed away

(4th and 5th verse are spoken)

He didn't know his dog had died, so I told him, as he cried
"Come with me son, we'll get that doctor right away"
"But I can't leave him here alone, I must get my doggy home
So while you're gone I'll kneel beside him, sir, and pray"

But when I returned he had his little pal upon his knee
And the teardrops they were blinding his big blue eyes
"You're too late, sir, my doggy's dead and no help can save him now
But I'll meet my precious Buddy up in the sky"

By a tiny narrow grave, where the willows sadly wave
Are these words on a shingle of pine:
"Little Buddy, rest in peace, God will watch you through the years
'Cause I told Him in my prayers that you were mine."


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,cookieless Blackcatter
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 02:02 AM

Ya know, it sounds like a song that touches on many of these songs woud be a possibly wonderful thing.

Singin' the praises of dead animal songs, etc. Anyone up to the challenge, or all the "good" songwriters disgusted by this whole thread.

Also - on another tack - How about songs where animals are having sex?

We had a milk cow, no milk would it give,
We had a milk cow, no milk would it give.
My wife said honey, we're loosin' money,
Because that milk cow won't give no milk.

One day a rooster came into our yard,
And knocked that milk cow, right off of her guard.
She's givin' eggnog, just like she used to
Since that rooster came into our yard.
She's givin' eggnog, just like she used to
Since that rooster came into our yard.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 11:26 AM

You know it's funny. over the years, I've put the last post on threads a number of times. I don't usually visit every day, so I'll post a comment and a few days later come back to see the thread and find that it died with my comment. Odd.

I guess we just ran out of songs here.

pax y'all


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: COINWOLF
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 06:28 PM

"I had a Hippopotamus" has a verse
"I borrowed a machine gun from my soldier nephew percy,
and showed my hippopotamus no hippopotamercy!"


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Willie-O
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 10:21 PM

Well, there's this one of mine.

The dead animal is kind of just local colour, but there it is.   

Stinkin.

W-O


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 10:38 PM

The old woman who swallowed a fly put paid to quite a lot of animals.

McDonalds Kitchen has a line...'One more forgotten kitty who's now Kentucky Fried.'

Ground Hog.

And that awful country song about Mary Ann.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Cluin
Date: 12 Jul 03 - 02:49 AM

The sun was shining brightly,
And I could hardly wait,
To ponder at my window,
And gaze at my estate.

My eyes fell on a little bird,
With a lovely yellow bill.
I beckoned him to come and sit
Upon my window sill.

I smiled at him most cheerfully,
And gave him a crust of bread.
Then I quickly slammed the window down,
And crushed his fucking head.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Jul 03 - 07:48 PM

Whales are animals....


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 01:06 AM

Wow - I never thought of whaling songs . . .

Not too many of those where the its funny about a dead whale, is there?

The there's all the fishing songs, like many whale songs, they don't cover the death, perse, but definately dead animal songs.

May be I have to add a "real" sad verse to the song I'm beginning (as opposed to a tongue-in-the-old-cheek sad verse).

pax yall.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAST OF THE GREAT WHALES (Andy Barnes
From: JennyO
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 11:20 AM

Well there's this one:

The Last Of The Great Whales
Andy Barnes

My soul has been torn from me and I am bleeding
My heart it has been rent and I am crying
All the beauty around me fades and I am screaming
I am the last of the great whales and I am dying

Last night I heard the cry of my last companion
The roar of the harpoon gun and then I was alone
I thought of the days gone by when we were thousands
But I know that I soon must die, the last leviathan

This morning the sun did rise Crimson in the north sky
The ice was the colour of blood and the winds they did sigh
I rose for to take a breath it was my last one
From a gun came the roar of death and now I am done

Oh now that we are all gone there's no more hunting
The big fellow is no more it's no use lamenting
What race will be next in line? All for the slaughter
The elephant or the seal or your sons and daughters

My soul has been torn from me and I am bleeding
My heart it has been rent and I am crying
All the beauty around me fades and I am screaming
I am the last of the great whales and I am dying

And so since time began we have been hunted
Through oceans that were our home we have been haunted
From Eskimos in canoes to mighty whalers
Still you ignored our plea, none came to save us

© 1986 Friendly Overtures Ltd.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs - especially cats
From: Abby Sale
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 11:09 AM

Not a song, as far as I know, but derived from Egyptian folklore; a "Pocket Tale" as rendered by Peter Kohler

First friend is sitting and whiling away the time. Second friend walks by carrying a cat.

First friend calls out, lazily: "Where are you going?"
Second friend answers, lazily: "To the river. To wash the cat."
First friend observes: "It is very cold today. The cat will die."
Second friend replies: "The cat will not die."

A little later Second friend returns, without the cat.
First friend asks: "Where's the cat?"
Second friend mopes: "It's dead."
First friend can't help it: "I told you that would happen. It is very cold today."
Second friend, miserably: "It wasn't the cold."
First friend: "Then what was it?"
With much distress, Second friend holds up his fists and demonstrates: "It happened when I was wringing it dry!"


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU SAY THAT THE BATTLE IS OVER (Mallett)
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 07:17 PM

How about nearly dead animals?


YOU SAY THAT THE BATTLE IS OVER
David Mallett

And you say that the battle is over,
and you say that the war is all done.
Go tell it to those with the wind in their nose
who run from the sound of the gun.
And write it on the sides of the great whaling-ships,
or on ice floes where conscience is tossed.
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die,
and it's we who must measure the loss.

And you say that the battle is over,
and finally the world is at peace.
You mean no one is dying, and mothers don't weep,
or it's not in the papers, at least.
There are those who would deal in the dark side of life,
there are those who would tear down the sun.
And most men are ruthless, but some men will weep
when the gifts we were given are gone.

Now the blame cannot fall on the heads of a few,
it's become such a part of the race.
It's eternally tragic that that which is magic
be killed at the end of the glorious chase.
From young seals to great whales, from waters to wood,
they will fall just like weeds in the wind.
With fur coats and perfumes and trophies on walls,
what a hell of a race to call men.

And you say that the battle is over,
and you say that the war is all done.
Go tell it to those with the wind in their nose
who run from the sound of the gun.
And write it on the sides of the great whaling-ships,
or on ice floes where conscience is tossed.
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die,
and it's we who must measure the loss.
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die,
and it's we who must measure the loss.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Bert
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 10:57 PM

I love that song Chief.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Chicken Charlie
Date: 15 Jul 03 - 01:58 PM

'Scuse me if these are repeats--

Cacklin' Hen (first time she cackled, she cackled a lot; next time she cackled, she cackled in the pot) ....

Verse from "Shortnin' Bread"--

Old Aunt Ida hung her head and cried,

When she heard the hog had died,

But I'm so glad that hog is dead,

Cause I got more shortnin' for my bread.

Tol' my Cap'n--

Told my Captain, old Maud the mule was dead;

Told my Captain, old Maud the mule was dead.

Said never mind old Maud; put the harness on Ned.

"He Played the Ukulele When the Ship Went Down" involves the death of the animals on board: The cat meowed and the dog went 'sniff,' and the talking parrot hung upside down, cryin' "Polly wanna cracker" as the ship went down."

CC


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,JimL
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 05:13 PM

Sorry to resurrect this thread after 9 years, but there is an error of fact lurking :)
"He who sleeps under the blackthorn tonight" is not from a Houseman poem, but from "Farm Dog" by Frank Mansell. I'm posting this just to stop anyone else barking up the wrong Houseman tree :)

"The corn will come green and the days will grow warm,
Another will guard the approach to the farm,
But none will be sharper or keener of sight
Than he who lies under the blackthorn tonight."


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 08:49 PM

Flanimals


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Bert
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 09:45 PM

She went three times around and the old dog was drowned
I'm the last of the Irish Rover.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 04:29 AM

' Dead Skunk on the Highway ' by Loudon Wainright is my new favourite animal song.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 04:36 AM

There's Mike Heron's country tinged Born To Be Gone from what would have been the last Incredible String Band album had not they broke up during the recording of it...

I remember the night my dog died...

Indeed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooib0fy5Kx0


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 04:39 AM

That of course should have been ' Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road '


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 04:47 AM

"Olim lacus colueram" (the roasted swan's monologue) from "Carmina Burana".


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 05:00 AM

Not a song exactly, or even Folk, but Smegma's 1988 album Smell the Remains deserves a mention for best album title & cover art. Lookee HERE...


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: terrier
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 11:32 AM

Well, no one has yet mentioned Gelert, who was alive for most of the story but met his end when Llewellyn, in a fit of misplaced anger, ran him through with his sword. Classic bit of Victoriana and very singable (hankies at the ready).


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD TYLER
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 03:05 PM

OLD TYLER

Old Tyler was a good old dog,
We thought he'd treed a coon,
But when we come to find it out,
Old Tyler was a-barking at the moon,
Lord, lord,
Old Tyler was a-barking at the moon.

Old Tyler was a good old dog,
We thought he'd treed a squirrel,
But when we come to find it out,
Old Tyler was a-barking at the world,...

Old Tyler started down the road,
He started at a run;
He had not gone but a little bitty piece
When he met Allygainy with a gun,...

Now Tyler, you did suck them eggs
And this will be your doom!
He sent a steel ball through his heart
And laid old Tyler in his tomb,...


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,John Greaves
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 04:04 PM

North Yorkshire does dead animal songs rather well ie
Willie went to Westerdale 'she roasted a hen both feather and feet'
Sedgefield Fair 'but he missed t'awd hens and shot his grey mare'
Mutton Pie 'theres a yow been dead for a month and a day'
T'awd Sow 'tawd sows getten mezzles and shes died poor thing'
are just a few.
Also what about Widdecombe Fair and The Keeper as well as the various poaching songs?


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 04:57 PM

There must be thousands of songs about dead animals, even if we insist that the animal must be recognizable as an individual, and its death as such must be the subject. This excludes meat, ham, sausages, eggs, spam, gelatine, leather, fur coats, ...

Let me propose a systematic approach. Each of the following topics will easily fill one or more threads:

  1. Pets or working animals (horses etc.) that died by natural causes, by accidents or from unspecified causes
  2. Pets or working animals (horses etc.) deliberately killed by humans
  3. Livestock (rabbits etc.) killed for food
  4. Animals that died in captivity because of inadequate treatment
  5. Livestock that died from other causes
  6. Prey of human hunters for food
  7. Prey of animals
  8. Accidental killing by men, e.g. roadkill
  9. Indirect accidental killing by men, e.g. through environmental damage
  10. Animals killed by humans in self-defense or defense of other humans
  11. Animals killed by humans to protect food or property
  12. Animals killed for fun or sport
  13. Wild animals that died from other or unknown causes
  14. Violent death in animal fables
  15. Non-violent death in animal fables
  16. Others ...
You get the idea. Hopeless to list them all, even the English ones.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Nov 12 - 09:53 AM

Mow they've all been collated. I suppose we might start getting taxed on them.

I can see the form now - do you have any other sources of dead animal songs you have not disclosed?


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Nov 12 - 02:24 PM

Grishka, you sound like a natural born librarian.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 15 Nov 12 - 06:38 PM

Mudcat gives me the welcome opportunity to pose as a scientist without doing the hard work. However, my list was not meant as a meagre parody of Francis J. Child, but rather to demonstrate the vastness of the topic. It has been mentioned that there are innumerable hunting songs (i.e. for fun and sport, which also includes Spanish bull fight songs), but for the other categories examples are easy to find as well.

Taxation should depend on the degree of empathy for the animal, resp. emphasis on protection of animals, wildlife, and environment. Legal advice is recommended.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Bert
Date: 15 Nov 12 - 09:42 PM

...
So hyem he cam an' catched the beast,
An' cut 'im in twe haalves,         
An' that seun stopped hes eatin' bairns
An' sheep an' lambs an' caalves.
So noo ye knaa hoo aall the foaks         
On byeth sides ov the Wear         
Lost lots o' sheep an' lots o' sleep
An leeved i' mortal feor.         
So let's hev one te brave Sor John         
That kept the bairns frae harm,         
Saved coos an' calves by myekin' haalves         
O' the famis Lambton Worm.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Bert
Date: 16 Nov 12 - 12:16 AM

Tom Pierce.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Kirt
Date: 29 Mar 15 - 08:59 PM

"Dead Critter" Song & Video by Kirt Parker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raL2HQrqVy4&feature=youtu.be


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Megan L
Date: 30 Mar 15 - 01:17 AM


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Mar 15 - 12:57 AM

Wdead slunk in the middle of the droad by Loudon Wainright


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Iain
Date: 31 Mar 15 - 04:48 AM

I quite like "The Ballad of roadkill Jack"


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Apr 15 - 07:52 PM

BELLMAN from the singing of the Watersons.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Apr 15 - 08:18 PM

The Salting of the Slug

Digitrad link

I hadn't heard it sung until just now - my guess at the tune was "The Rising of the Moon", but the video uses the "Flora, Lily of the West" tune.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Ged Fox
Date: 21 Apr 15 - 04:25 AM

The Presbyterian Cat - killed a mouse and was hanged for it.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 21 Apr 15 - 10:21 AM

Dunderbeck


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Cool Beans
Date: 21 Apr 15 - 11:27 AM

My friend John Finan wrote and performs a song called "Suicide Squirrel" here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9Oa0M3bjLM


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: GUEST,Rachel
Date: 21 Apr 15 - 12:13 PM

Road Kill Cafe

Tone Deaf Leopard


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOODBYE OLD PAL (Bill Monroe)
From: Mark Clark
Date: 21 Apr 15 - 06:55 PM

Here is a song that's mentioned by name in a couple of threads but the lyrics have never been added… so here goes. My friend and former Blue Grass Boy, Bob Black, says it's the best song he's ever heard about a dead horse.


GOODBYE OLD PAL
by Bill Monroe

Along about roundup time in Texas way out west,
I lost a friend and a pal, boys, and laid him down to rest,
I wept and mourned o'er his grave, to me, boys, it was sad,
For I knew down beneath that mound lay the best pal I ever had.

        Yo-de-lay-ee-ay de-lay-ee-o de-lay-ee.

My best pal was my old paint horse and now he's gone to rest,
I laid him down beneath that mound in Texas way out west,
Where the cactus blooms o'er his grave, and the coyotes cry,
I know he sleeps in perfect peace beneath that Texas sky.

        Yo-de-lay-ee-ay de-lay-ee-o de-lay-ee.

Dear old pal it breaks my heart to leave you here alone,
Now I'm going to ride the range on the Texas roan,
But my love for you, old pal, it will linger on,
I will always think of you although you're dead and gone.

        Yo-de-lay-ee-ay de-lay-ee-o de-lay-ee.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: PHJim
Date: 21 Apr 15 - 11:53 PM

Fred Eaglesmith wrote a song called "I Shot Your Dog":

Well, hello, neighbor. I been meaning to talk to you.
I been putting it off. It's something I gotta do.
I been living with a secret. Been keeping me awake.
There's just something I gotta say:

I shot your dog. He was on my property.
I thought he was a coyote, on the run.
I been missing some chickens, so I pulled the trigger.
I feel so bad 'bout what I done.

He also wrote one called "He's A Good Dog" which, although the dog is alive, he predicts his end:

He's a good dog, but one of these days
I'm gonna have to drive him into town and have him put away
'Cause he don't hear that good no more and he can't hardly walk
But until then I'll look at him and say
He's a good dog


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: PHJim
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 05:34 PM

Li'l Andy's song, "I Don't Feel A Thing Anymore" has a verse that goes:

My shrink said what I needed to do was cry,
So I went to the Cineplex to give it a try.
At the end Old Shep was dead
A little boy shot him in the head
But I felt no teardrop welling in my eye.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: eftifino
Date: 11 Aug 15 - 03:23 AM

Here are the Beat farmers!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhKGTRtgstk


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 11 Aug 15 - 07:11 PM

John Eaglesham sang a song about 'Poaching Rhinocer-os-es ---based on a poem originally written (by a medical student?) for the Glasgow Uni student charity magazine as I recall? (well, I'm not actually old enough to recall, but my father used to recite it!)
I have the words somewhere- - - - -


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 11 Aug 15 - 07:16 PM

Iain Ingram composed a stunning song at the time of the foot and mouth epidemic, and the slaughtering and burning of all the farm animals -- think it is called 'Ill Wind Frae Cumberland'

I've not got the words yet, will try to record Iain singing it next time I see him - - -


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 10:00 AM

By the end of Froggie Went a-Courting,
Mr. Frog, Miss Mouse, and Uncle Rat were
all dead, because "They all were swallowed
by a Big Black Snake!"

Uh-Huh!! Uh-Huh!!

You can sing it yourself.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 02:39 PM

My friend "Complicity" and Al Kirby and I put it on our CD, Sittin' In The Kitchen.
Complicity - Bernie Martin


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 02:42 PM

Sorry, sometimes words just disappear and I don't know how to edit my posts. This was supposed to say, "My friend Bernie Martin, who passed away a few years ago, wrote this song called "Complicity" and Al Kirby and I. . ."


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 02:48 PM

The minor guitar lick that I play at the start of the song is a close approximation of one that I learned in the early sixties from either an Ian & Sylvia or Joan Baez album. I can't recall the song or the record or even the artist, but I always liked the lick.


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 02:49 PM

Worms & ducks, as well as the person apostrophised, die in the course of On Ilkley Moor Baht At.

≈M≈


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 13 Aug 15 - 09:33 AM

In one of the Buckeye Jim songs,

"Way down yonder, not very far off
A bluejay died of the whooping cough

Buckeye Jim, ya can't go
Go weave and spin, ya can't go
Buckeye Jim"

He whooped so hard with the whooping cough,
He whooped his head and his tail right off!

Buckeye Jim, ya can't go
Go weave and spin, ya can't go
Buckeye Jim"

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Dead animal songs
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 16 Aug 15 - 04:47 PM

Iain Ingram's "Ill Wind Frae Cumberland"

chorus:

It's an ill wind blawn frae Cumberland
That is sweepin' o'er the Solway sand
Wi' disease and devastation fanned aroon'

Noo the pyres burn and fortunes fa'
The length and breadth o' Gallowa
And anger bides in countryside and toon

verse 1

See the fairmer in ahint his gate
Broken doon in sic a state
While government debate
Whit should be done

A' his fields and his pastures bare
O' the kye and yowes he'd grazing there
Noo the victims o' a scare
And the slaughtering gun

chorus: It's an ill wind --- - -

verse 2

There's nae words o' hope can ease the pain
Or mak him want tae stairt again
When a' a lifetime's work in flames
You see

Aye it's hard enough tae mak it pey
But when ye ken nae ither way
Whit is lost and gaun this day
Has brought misery

chorus: It's an ill wind ------

IAIN'S NOTES The first case of foot and mouth disease was diagnosed in February 2001 at an abattoir in Essex.
The source was traced to a farm in Northumberland
The disease spread rapidly throughout Britain - with Cumbria being the worst affected. In Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway was one of the first areas to be hit. I've written the song from a Scottish perspective, after watching an old farmer break down on television as he explained to a reporter how he had lost everything.
          _________________________________________________



I have a video recording of Iain singing this but no idea how to share it -- - (couldn't manage to upload his printed version of the song, had to type it out myself into the box!)


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