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Lyr Req: Turkey in the Straw (G Wettlin-Larsen)

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SKUNK HOLE
TURKEY IN THE STRAW
TURKEY IN THE STRAW 2


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John MacKenzie 13 Dec 03 - 04:36 AM
open mike 13 Dec 03 - 11:24 AM
Dave Swan 13 Dec 03 - 12:04 PM
John MacKenzie 13 Dec 03 - 02:50 PM
Dave Swan 13 Dec 03 - 04:05 PM
Cluin 21 Dec 03 - 12:40 AM
masato sakurai 21 Dec 03 - 07:58 PM
GUEST,Sir Yuengling 20 Jun 08 - 01:02 AM
GUEST,Rene 05 May 09 - 01:22 PM
fretless 06 May 09 - 09:21 AM
Geoff the Duck 12 Dec 12 - 04:29 AM
John MacKenzie 12 Dec 12 - 09:30 AM
GUEST 03 Nov 13 - 12:14 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Turkey in the Straw
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 04:36 AM

In the good old days of Northern Exposure, when Rob Morrow was the main man, there was an episode when Marylin [my favourite character] went off to the big city [sic] I think it was Juneau, or it may have been Seattle, but part of the background music was a Native American version of this song. I can hear it running through my mind even now.
Anybody know where I can get a copy of this??
Giok


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American versi
From: open mike
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 11:24 AM

i do not remembert this
but i did love marilyn
the doc, the raadio d.j.
the moose that walked thru
town, and i remember a scene
where there was a celebration
sort of like mexico's doy of the dead
with skeletons , RAVENS, etc.
is this a N.W. tradition or
t.v. script ?


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American version
From: Dave Swan
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 12:04 PM

It's on the CD called Northern Exposure. The woman who recorded the song gives a little of its history as she introduces it.


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American version
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 02:50 PM

Apparently there are several CDs of theme music from the series, do you know which one?

Giok


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American version
From: Dave Swan
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 04:05 PM

Sorry Giok, I almost sent you after the wrong disc. It's on the second CD, called More Music From Northern Exposure. You're looking for the first track, called Ojibway Square Dance.
D


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American version
From: Cluin
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 12:40 AM

The artist's name is Georgia Wettlin-Larsen. She introduces the song, explaining how non-Native American tunes were adapted by adding Native American lyrics to them. Info on the CD track listing, etc. found at this site.


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American version
From: masato sakurai
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 07:58 PM

"Turkey in the Straw" (Georgia Wettlin-Larsen, Assiniboine Nakota. Wisconsin) is on Wood That Sings: Indian Fiddle Music of the Americas (Smithsonian Folkways 40472).


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American versi
From: GUEST,Sir Yuengling
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 01:02 AM

I don't know why, but for some reason I decided to memorize this song when I was younger and I can still sing it today.

Hey gwug gwug chippapa ajeeoom
Miska wah booya ooga mah je doon
Ninny moo shae ooga mee jee wah
Opah kway shimma may
Ooga mah je doon

Phonetically of course.


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American version
From: GUEST,Rene
Date: 05 May 09 - 01:22 PM

Do you know all of the lyrics to this song I cannot find them anywhere


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Subject: RE: Req: Turkey in the Straw-Native American version
From: fretless
Date: 06 May 09 - 09:21 AM

Rene, if you mean the traditional Anglo version, it is in the DT and there are links to it at the top of this thread. The Ojibway lyrics are posted above by Sir Yuengling. I have no idea how they translate, but they sounded great as background music in the Norther Exposure episode. There was also a time, about five years ago or more, when Ojibway Square Dance was used as "muzak" in one of the galleries of the American Indian Museum at the Customs House in New York City. Not there the last time I visited the museum this past Thanksgiving, though.

Here are the words to Anglo version #2:

Oh there was an geezer and he had a wooden leg [1]
And he never had tobacco, so he always had to beg.
There's another old soldier, as sly as any fox
And he always had tobacco in his old tobacco box.
Says the first old geezer, "Will you let me have a chew?"
Says the second old geezer, "I'll be damned if I do!
If you'd save your money and keep it in your socks
You'd always have tobacco in your old tobacco box."

Oh I went to Cincinatti and I walked around the block
And I walked right into a doughnut shop
And I picked up a doughnut and I wiped off the grease
And I handed the lady a five-cent piece.
She looked at the nickel and she looked at me
And she said, " This nickle's no use to me [2]
There's a hole in the middle and it goes right through."
Says I, "There's a hole in your doughnut, too."

Oh I had a little chicken and she had a wooden leg
The best damn chicken that ever laid an egg
She laid more eggs than any hen around the farm
And another wooden leg wouldn't do her any harm.[3]
One day the little chicken just wouldn't lay an egg
So I poured hot water down the little chicken's leg
The little chicken hollered and the little chicken begged
And the damned old chicken laid a hard-boiled egg.

[1] or "soldier" instead of "geezer"
[2] or "Kind sir, you can plainly see"
[3] or "another little drink wouldn't do us any harm"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkey in the Straw (G Wettlin-Larsen)
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 12 Dec 12 - 04:29 AM

John - just in case you didn't find the track in the many years since asking the original question, and are still interested...

Free download of the track Turkey in the Straw by Georgia Wettlin-Larsen (SFW40472_121)
Free Download from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

They say they put up a free download every two weeks.

Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkey in the Straw (G Wettlin-Larsen)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Dec 12 - 09:30 AM

Thanks Geoff, I should have said, but I have already obtained a copy of the track on a compilation album of songs from Northern Exposure. Great song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkey in the Straw (G Wettlin-Larsen)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 12:14 PM

I am in the process of preparing a Native American assembly for 4th graders. I would really like to share this song. Can you give me the rest of the lyrics. You did great on the first verse. thanks Pops


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