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Tune Req: The Fox Hunt

ldyroweena@aol.com 20 Aug 98 - 08:36 PM
Joe Offer 21 Aug 98 - 06:02 PM
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GUEST,JCP 31 Jan 12 - 02:42 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FOX HUNT
From: ldyroweena@aol.com
Date: 20 Aug 98 - 08:36 PM

This song has been sung in my family for as long as I can remember. I know the tune but I need some help with sheet music, if ANYONE knows where I could find some email me.

THE FOX HUNT

CHORUS: Come a hip, come a hip come a high
Come along the merry lane
Come a rip, tip tip
Come a rap, tap tap
Come a Oh boy and a bow wow wow
And a ruddle duddle duddle and bugle horn
A fee fi fiddle and an aye dee ay
And through the woods we'll run pretty boys
And through the woods we'll run

First I came upon a farmer
A-hoeing in his field
He said he saw poor Reynard
A-eating down his corn. CHORUS

Next I saw a boatman
A-rowing in his boat
He said he saw poor Reynard
Upon the water float. CHORUS

Last I saw a blind man
As blind as he could be
He said he saw poor Reynard
Under yonder hollow tree. CHORUS

ldyroweena@aol.com

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Subject: RE: Looking for Reynard Sheet Music
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Aug 98 - 06:02 PM

I think the the song is on a CD by Golden Ring or by Bok-Muir-Trickett, but I don't have time to find it right now. You might look around the web site of Folk-Legacy Records or call them at 1-800-836-0901 and see if they have it in a songbook. I'll look around more later if nobody else has found it for you by the weekend.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE REINDEER SONG (Traditional Ozarks)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Aug 98 - 03:18 AM

The Reindeer Song
(an Ozark variation of "Bold Reynard")

Come all you young sportsmen who love to chase the fox,
And we’ll go chase the reindeer all through the hills and rocks.
Come-a-hoot, come-a-hoot, come-a-hollow
All around that merry stream.
Come-a-ring, ting, ting and a hip, tip, tip
And away go the rolling bow-wow dogs
And a hoodle, doodle do
And a bugle horn and a tide-dee-oh
And through the woods we run, now boys,
Through the woods we run.
I come to a blind man, blind as he could be.
He said he saw the reindeer run up a hollow tree.

I come to a terrapin, crawling through the mud.
He said he saw the reindeer washed away in the flood.

I came to a boatman, dipping out his boat.
He said he saw the reindeer run up the river float.

(repeat first verse)

Notes from "For All the Good People: A Golden Ring Reunion," Folk-Legacy Records:
In this country, "Bold Reynard" has many titles, most involving a corruption of the name "Reynard," such as "Bold Ranger," "Tom Redman," and "Bow Randers."

The song is supposed to be Randolph number 76. My copy of "Ozark Folksongs" by Vance Randolph is abridged, and doesn't have #76. Anybody got the tune or more information? Between the forum and the database, we must have a dozen different Reynard songs. Isn't that amazing?
-Joe Offer-

On the Golden Ring Reunion CD, this song is introduced by a song by Gail Davies titled "Grandma's Song." Here are the notes from Barton and Para:

Grandma's Song

(Gail Davies, BMI)
Vogue Music, BMI, 1980.

The Reindeer Song

(traditional)

Cathy Barton: banjo, lead vocal; Dave Para: guitar, vocal; Ed Trickett: guitar, vocal

"Grandma's Song," composed by country singer, songwriter and producer Gail Davies, makes reference to a traditional English song about Reynard the Fox which her grandmother in the eastern Oklahoma Ozarks often sang to her. In this country, "Bold Reynard" has many titles, most involving a corruption of the name "Reynard," such as "Bold Ranger," "Tom Redman," and "Bow Randers." Dave and I learned this Ozark version, "The Reindeer Song," from a close family friend, Wilma Pepmiller, who learned it as a child growing up near the Ozark town of Doniphan, Missouri. I recommend listening to Gail Davies' recording of"Grandma's Song" - it opens with a recording of her grandmother singing this old song, a unique sound not heard on slick, Nashville-produced recordings these days.

In a recent correspondence, Gail told me her grandmother's parents were from Ireland, and her "Fox Hunting Song" is an Irish version. Thanks, Gail!

(Cathy Barton)


The Reindeer Song

Come all you young sportsmen who love to chase the fox,
And we'll go chase the reindeer all through the hills and rocks.

Come-a-hoot, come-a-hoot, come-a-hollow
All around that merry stream.
Come-a-ring, ting, Sing and a hip, tip, tip
And away go the rolling bow-wow dogs
And a hoodle, doodle do
And a bugle horn and a tide-dee-oh
And through the woods we run, now boys,
Through the woods we run.

I come to a blind man, blind as he could be.
He said he saw the reindeer run up a hollow tree.

I come to a terrapin, crawling through the mud.
He said he saw the reindeer washed away in the flood.

(not sung: I come to a boatman, dipping out his boat.
He said he saw the reindeer run up the river float.)

(repeat first verse)

©1992 Folk-Legacy Records, Inc. Sharon, Connecticut 06069


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Fox Hunt
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 09:15 PM

From The Book Buyer (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons):


[Vol XI, No. 8, September, 1894, page 399:]

For a considerable time I have tried to ascertain, from many sources, from what song the following is taken. I am told it was sung in the nursery forty years ago. Music-dealers fail to give light on the subject. Can some of your readers aid me?

"There once was a bold sportsman
Who loved to hunt the fox;
He loved to chase bold Reynard
Among the hills and rocks.
With a hoot, hoot, hoot, and a holloa,
All in a merry strain:
With a ram-tam-tam and a tivy-tivy-tam,
And away to the Royal Dover.
Ri-tu-ra-lu goes the bugle horn.
Ri-fol-a-rol-a-rol-a-tidy-i-de-um:
Through the woods we roam, brave boys,
Through the woods we roam."

C. E. P.


[Vol. XI, No. 10, November, 1894, page 514:]

I know a fox-hunting song that I sometimes sing when I can get people to listen to me. I learned it of an Englishman who brought it from Cornwall fifty years ago. The words differ somewhat from those given by "C. E. P." I quote the first verse and the chorus. Words and music make the most soul-stirring chorus I ever heard. I shall he glad to furnish them to "C. E. P."

"Come all ye merry sportsmen
Who love to hunt the fox,
Who love to chase bold Reynard
Among the hills and rocks!
Come a-whoop, come a-whoop, come a-hilo,
Along the merry lane,
With a rap-tap-tap and a rip-a-tip-tip
And hurrah, boys, with a bow-wow-wow!
And a roodle-doodle-do goes the bugle horn,
Sing fee-fi-fiddle-di-i-di-aye;
And through the woods we'll run, brave boys,
And through the woods we'll run."

W. O. F.

*

I am familiar with a song that appears to be of German origin, though it is the same in substance as the English one referred to. I never have seen it in print. This is it:

"O the first who saw him was a farm maid,
A-counting out her flock;
She said she saw Beau Reynard
Among her geese and duck.

With a hoop, hoop, hoop, and a heigh O,
Along the narrow straat,
Rat, tat, tat, and a tippe, tippe tap,
With a bow, wow, wow,
Cum a hoodle, doodle, doo.
And a bugle sound,
As thro' the woods he ran, brave boys,
As through the woods he ran.

The next who saw him was a teamster
A-coming with his team;
He said he saw Beau Reynard
A-crossing of the stream.

The last who saw him was a gunner,
A-coming with his gun;
He said he saw Beau Reynard
And shot him as he run."

H. E. C.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Fox Hunt
From: GUEST,JCP
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 02:42 AM

I'll add my version. My grandmother sung it to my mother - from Indiana? Isle of Guernsey? Don't know how far back it goes.

Come all ye merry farmers who love to hunt the fox
And let's go chase Bold Reynard among the hills and rocks.

Come a hoot, come a hoot, come a hi-lo
Along the merry street
Come a rin-tin-tin and a tippy-tippy-tin
Beneath the royal bow-wow-wow
With a sing fie-yiddle-yiddle yie-de-ay
Through the fields we run, brave boys and through the fields we run.

Now the first I saw was a blind man,
As blind as he could be
He said he saw Bold Reynard run up a holler tree

Come a hoot, come a hoot, come a hi-lo
Along the merry street
Come a rin-tin-tin and a tippy-tippy-tin
Beneath the royal bow-wow-wow
With a sing fie-yiddle yiddle yie-de-ay
Through the fields we run, brave boys and through the fields we run.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Fox Hunt
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 04:36 AM

There's a cracking version (+ variant) in the Max Hunter Collection:

A Fox Huntin'


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Fox Hunt
From: GUEST,AlanG at work
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 05:44 AM

There's also a good version in Marrowbones a copy of which can be found in Folkinfo


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Fox Hunt
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 08:37 PM

I learned a slightly different version from my father, who learned it from his mother, who learned it from her father. That would have been in the late 1800's. I don't know where or from whom my great-grandfather learned it, but he did have a German great-grandmother.


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