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Lyr Add: On a Bright and Summer's Morning

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GUEST,.gargoyle 17 Apr 05 - 11:55 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: ON A BRIGHT AND SUMMER'S MORNING
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 11:55 PM

ON A BRIGHT AND SUMMER'S MORNING

On a bright and summer's morning, the ground all covered with snow,
I put my shoulder to my gun, and a-hunting . . .
A - hunting I did go.

I went up on the mountain, beyond yon high hill,
And fifteen or twenty, ten thousand . . .
Ten thousand I did kill.

The money that I got for the venison skin, I hauled it to my daddy's barn,
And it wouldn't half go I - . . .
It wouldn't half go in.

Some boys and girls were skating, on a bright and summer's day,
The ice broke through, they all fell in, the rest they run . . .
The rest they run away.

I went up on the mountain, beyond the peak so high,
The moon come round with lightning speed. "I'll take a ride," says . . .
"I'll take a ride," says I.

The moon come around the mountain, it took a sudden whirl,
My feet slipped and I fell out, and landed in this . . .
And landed in this world.

The man that made this song tune, his name was Benny Young,
If you can tell a bigger lie, I'll say you ought to be . . .
I'll say you ought to be hung.

Emrich, Duncan, American Folk Poetry - An Anthology Little, Brown and Company - Boston-Toronto, 1974, p 18. "On A Bright and Summer's Morning was recorded by Artus M. Moser from the singing, with banjo, by Bascom Lamar Lunsfor of South Turkey Creek, North Carolina, at Swannanoa, North Carolina, 1946. Library of Congress record LP 21."

Available: AFS L 21: ANGLO-AMERICAN SONGS AND BALLADS ($8.95)
Recorded in various parts of U.S. by several collectors, 1938-47. Edited by Duncan Emrich. 9-page brochure.

http://www.loc.gov/folklife/folkcat.html

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: On a Bright and Summer's Morning
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 12:24 AM

Interesting song, Garg. I hadn't come across it. I really like Emrich's American Folk Poetry, but I wish it had tunes. Maybe we can find a tune from another source.
-Joe Offer-

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry for the song:

Sally Buck, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer goes hunting "one cold and winter day." (He tracks "the Sally buck all day.") Sundry adventures follow; the singer reports "of (15 or 20), ten thousand I did kill." The singer ends "If you can tell a bigger lie, I swear you ought to be hung."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)
KEYWORDS: animal nonsense supernatural hunting talltale paradox
FOUND IN: US(Ap,SE)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
SharpAp 159, "Sally Buck" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Sharp/Karpeles-80E 70, "The Sally Buck" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ritchie-SingFam, pp. 107-109, "[I Went Out A-Hunting, Sir]" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 4, "A Hunting Tale" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #3607
RECORDINGS:
Bascom Lamar Lunsford, "On a Bright and Summer's Morning" (on BLLunsford01)
NOTES: The variation in this song is immense; of the four versions I've seen, the only common element is the fact that the singer is a hunter and that at some point, "of fifteen or twenty" (or four-and-twenty, or some such), "a thousand (or ten thousand) I did kill."
Along the way the hunter meets various misadventures; these may be borrowed from other songs, and in any case take on local color.
The final stanza, along the line of, "The man who wrote this song, his name was (Benny Young/Bango Bang); If you can tell a bigger lie, I swear you ought (to be hung/to hang)," is characteristic but does not occur in all versions. - RBW
File: SKE70

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: On a Bright and Summer's Morning
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 12:39 AM

Joe - I'll pump in some missing midi tunes in other areas soon - Emrich fell into my hands this weekend and was surprised at the number I do not know.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: On a Bright and Summer's Morning
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 03:59 PM

based on the citations kytrad may have a tune for this...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: On a Bright and Summer's Morning
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 07:35 PM

The Karen Wallace tape has fragments of Bob Dylan singing a version of this song (listed as Abner Young). I wonder who he learned this from...

These are the lyrics that I could make out:

(...)
I saw this great big fat grizzly bear
Keep coming after, keep coming after
Oh coming after me

With the money that I got for the venison skin
I hauled it to my father's farm
And ??
Oh I ??

Oh I went on up the mountain, the mountain by and by
The moon come round with lightning speed
"I'll take a ride," says (...)

Oh I rode on top of the moon, it took a sudden twirl
I lost my balance and I fell off
And I landed in this
Oh I landed in this world

The boys and girls were scheming (...)
The ice broke through, they all fell in
The rest they ran
Oh the rest they ran away

The man who ??, his name is Abner Young
If you can tell a bigger lie
I swear you ought to be
I swear you ought to be hung


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Subject: Lyr. Add: A Hunting Tale
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 09:49 PM

A HUNTING TALE

Oh, I took my gun out on my back and a-hunting I did go,
It was to kill a big fat buck and track him in the snow,
And track him in the snow.

I followed him to that river that runs up on yonder hill;
At the bottom of that river this herd of deer did dwell,
This herd of deer did dwell.

When I came in sight of them like divers they dove down,
They dove into the bottom and they squat upon the sand,
They squat upon the sand.

I took my gun all in my hand, out into the water ran;
It was to kill all those that fled, that was my whole intent,
That was my whole intent.

When I was under water five thousand feet or more
I fired off that rifle, like a cannon it did roar,
A cannon it did roar.

I fired all in among them, I chanced for to kill one,
The rest stuck up their bossets and at me they did come,
And at me they did come.

Their horns were in the velvet, [the fiery ship could mask?]
And like so many streams of lightning, why they pitched my body past,
They pitched my body past.

'Till it became like a riddle and a bulldog could jump through,
I threw all in a passion, my naked sword I drew,
My naked sword I drew.

Five hours I held them battle, six hours I gave them play,
Well, I killed about five thousand and the rest all ran away,
Why, the rest all ran away.

Well, I gathered up my venison, all out the water went,
It was to kill all those that fled that was my whole intent,
That was my whole intent.

Then I bent my gun a circle and I shot around the hill,
Then out of four and twenty a thousand I did kill,
A thousand I did kill.

Then I gathered up my venison and I started out for home,
It was a hot and summer day, and a blustery squall of snow,
And a blustery squall of snow.

Well, I traveled o'er hills and mountains, and over hills so high
That when I stood a-gazing I could almost reach the sky,
I could almost reach the sky.

As I stood a-gazing the sun came running by,
And I gathered up my venison, I jumped on as it passed by,
I jumped on as it passed by.

It carried me all 'round the world and o'er the swelling tide,
And I sold my venison to the stars so merrily I did ride,
So merrily I did ride.

Just as the sun was going down it gave a sudden whirl,
Then I let loose my hold, I landed in the other world,
Landed in the other world.

But as Saint Providence would have it I lodged upon the moon
And in course of a half of day or so I landed safe at home,
I landed safe at home.

They I gathered up my money for venison and for skin,
And I took it to the big frame barn, it wouldn't near half go in,
It wouldn't near half go in.

The rest I dealt out to the poor, bright guineas out of hand,
And now I think it's time to stop and live again to man,
And live again to man.

Now the man that made up this song, sir, his name was Bango Bang,
And if you can tell a bigger lie I swear you ought to hang,
I swear you ought to hang.

Tune sung by Ezra Barhight
Fife American Collection, collected by Ellen J. Stekert.
Pages 8-10, with musical score and chords, "Cowboy and Western Songs, A Comprehensive Anthology," Edited by Austin E. and Alta S. Fife.
1969, 1982; Bramhall House, New York.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: On a Bright and Summer's Morning
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 09:56 PM

Well, I done did "A Hunting Tale" in that thar "Sally Buck" thread, but I don't think it done no harm to put it here as well.


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Subject: Lyr Add: A DEER HUNT (from John A. Lomax)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Sep 12 - 12:08 AM

From Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads collected by John A. Lomax (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922), page 379:


A DEER HUNT

One pleasant summer day it came a storm of snow;
I picked my old gun and a-hunting I did go.

I came across a herd of deer and I trailed them through the snow,
I trailed them to the mountains where straight up they did go.

I trailed them o'er the mountains, I trailed them to the brim,
And I trailed them to the waters where they jumped in to swim.

I cocked both my pistols and under water went,—
To kill the fattest of them deer, that was my whole intent.

While I was under water five hundred feet or more
I fired both my pistols; like cannons did they roar.

I picked up my venison and out of water came,—
To kill the balance of them deer, I thought it would be fun.

So I bent my gun in circles and fired round a hill.
And, out of three or four deer, ten thousand I did kill.

Then I picked up my venison and on my back I tied
And as the sun came passing by I hopped up there to ride.

The sun she carried me o'er the globe, so merrily I did roam
That in four and twenty hours I landed safe at home.

And the money I received for my venison and skin,
I taken it all to the barn door and it would not all go in.

And if you doubt the truth of this I tell you how to know:
Just take my trail and go my rounds, as I did, long ago.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: On a Bright and Summer's Morning
From: GUEST,Echo
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 02:47 PM

Does anyone have the banjo tabs for "On A Bright & Summer's Morning"? I'd like to be able to play it if I can. Or does anyone just know the chords? Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: On a Bright and Summer's Morning
From: GUEST,999
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 03:31 PM

Echo, from a 30 second sound bite I heard, there are only three chords: E A B7 or the equivalent in whatever key he's in.

The problem, which would require a banjo player, would be to figure out the tuning Lunsford used. I can see how the tabs would be very helpful to you and I'm sorry I can't find any or chart it for you.


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