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Lyr Req: 'Old Farmer Bunn', a Yorkshire tune?

GUEST,Puffenkinty 16 Dec 04 - 06:15 PM
Malcolm Douglas 17 Dec 04 - 01:49 AM
cetmst 17 Dec 04 - 06:17 AM
TheBigPinkLad 17 Dec 04 - 01:22 PM
Jim Dixon 21 Dec 04 - 08:58 AM
red max 21 Dec 04 - 12:41 PM
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Subject: 'Old Farmer Bunn', a Yorkshire tune?
From: GUEST,Puffenkinty
Date: 16 Dec 04 - 06:15 PM

Years ago a friend of my family sang a song he called
"Old Farmer Bunn". He sang it in a heavy accent, Yorkshire
I think.

He could only remember one and one-half verses which went
as follows:

"Old Farmer Bunn, he got 'im a gun
And 'ee looked down the barrel
For to see how t'were done,
On the very first try, 'ee got it in the eye,
And he never 'ad time fer to say, 'Bye-bye."

(Chorus)
Why do 'ee go fer to ack thicky way?
Becuzz 'ee were a vool (fool)
And a gurt (great) big vool,
Becuzz 'ee were a vool
As us ah (all) do say.

Old Farmer Bunn 'ee got him a dook (duck)
And 'ee cut off 'er feet
Cuz 'er stook (stuck) in the mook(muck).... "

That's all I ever heard. Does anybody know anything
about this song? Is it from Yorkshire? Does
anybody know any further adventures of the
farmer?

Thanks


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Subject: RE: 'Old Farmer Bunn', a Yorkshire tune?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 17 Dec 04 - 01:49 AM

For a set, with tune, from the Community Song Book (Curwen, c. 1930s) see folkinfo.org:

Old Farmer Buck


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Subject: RE: 'Old Farmer Bunn', a Yorkshire tune?
From: cetmst
Date: 17 Dec 04 - 06:17 AM

Recorded on Folkways 10 inch LP by Wallace House, English Folk Songs FFP283, early 1950's


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Subject: RE: 'Old Farmer Bunn', a Yorkshire tune?
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 17 Dec 04 - 01:22 PM

The dialect words 'thicky' (the th is pronounced as in 'this' not as in 'thin') and 'vool' would suggest West Country origins.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD FARMER BUCK
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Dec 04 - 08:58 AM

Lyrics and notes copied from folkinfo.org

OLD FARMER BUCK

Old Farmer Buck he bought him a duck,
And he cut off her feet 'cause her walked in the muck.
And when her wouldn't go for to root like a crow,
He cut off her head for to make her do so?
(Slower:) Why did he go and act thicky way?
(A tempo:) 'Cause he were a fool, and a gurt big fool,
'Cause he were a fool, us all do say.

Old Farmer Bourn he bought him a horn,
For to rouse himself up in the chill of the morn.
He always do know when its time for to blow
'Cause he wakes up as soon as the rooster do crow.
(Slower:) Why did he go and act thicky way?
(A tempo:) 'Cause he were a fool, and a gurt big fool,
'Cause he were a fool, us all do say.

Old Farmer Bunn he bought him a gun,
And he looked down the barrel to see how 'twere done
The very first try he got it in the eye
And he didn't have time to say "Goodbye!"
(Slower:) Why did he go and act thicky way?
(A tempo:) 'Cause he were a fool, and a gurt big fool,
'Cause he were a fool, us all do say.

[Source: Singing Together, Spring 1967, BBC Publications
Taken from Community Song Book, (CURWEN)]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Old Farmer Bunn', a Yorkshire tune?
From: red max
Date: 21 Dec 04 - 12:41 PM

"cause her walked in the muck" would also make it a West Country candidate. No one would say "her walked" in Yorkshire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Old Farmer Bunn', a Yorkshire tune?
From: GUEST,wrinklyoldthing
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 10:04 AM

Just seen this thread. I'm a Cornish 'lad' through and through and we sang this song at our junior school back in the 50s. The lyrics sound definitely Cornish to me; in fact, very much East Cornish. My antecedants would certainly have said "Er walked in the muck". My late old aunt Maude from Polperro would say "Er did this and er did that"


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