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Alisac
Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:57 am Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 31 Oct 2005 Posts: 4
Does anyone know the lyrics & chords to this song? I'm playing a mandolin.
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pittsyltucky
Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:18 pm Reply with quote
*Johnny* Joined: 15 Sep 2006 Posts: 4268 Location: Pigg River District, Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Here's one version. The final? - see banter at end. I don't know of another that exists past 4/12/01, so this may well be the last one.

CROW BLACK CHICKEN (as performed 4/12/01)

Well I went on the mountain to give my horn a blow
I thought I heard that pretty little gal say “Yonder come my beau”

Crow black chicken and crow for day
Crow black chicken and fly away
Crow black chicken, crow for days
I like chicken pie!

Ketch: (I love that chicken pie! Yum! Yum! Yum!)

Well the chicken crowed for midnight and the chicken crowed for day
Along come an owl (A-hoo!) and stole my chicken away

Crow black chicken and crow for day
Crow black chicken and fly away
Crow black chicken, Oooooh,
I like chicken pie!

I wish I had an old frame house, eighteen stories high
Every story in that house would be packed with chicken pie

Crow black chicken and-a crow for day
Crow black chicken and-a fly away
Crow black chicken and-a crow for days
I like chicken pie!

Critter?: (Bwock! Bock! I like chicken pie!)

K, W & C: (Bwock! Bwock! Bwock! B-gock-b-gock!
Bwock! Bwock! Bwock! B-gock-b-gock!
Bwock! Bwock! Bwock! B-gock-b-gock!
I like chicken pie!)

Well the hardest work that ever I done was plowin’ a field of rye
And the easiest work that ever I done was eatin’ that Critter pie

Crow black chicken and-a crow for day
Crow black chicken and-a fly away
Crow black chicken, crow for day
I like Critter pie!

K, W & C: (Bwock! Bwock! Bwock! B-gock-b-gock!
Bwock! Bwock! Bwock! B-gock-b-gock!
Bwock! Bwock! Bwock! B-gock-b-gock!
I like chicken pie!) 2x

Critter?: (Ooooooo-oooooo-ooooooo!!!)

Willie: (That was a rooster!... Let’s hear those chickens now!)

Crowd: (Various chicken noises)

Well if I had a silver thread, so fine as I could sew
I’d sew a chicken to my back and drive to Idaho

Crow black chicken and crow for day
Crow black chicken and fly away
Crow black chicken, crow for days
I like chicken pie!

Ketch: (With a side of mashed potatoes)

Well the chicken crowed for midnight and the chicken crowed for days
Along come a Ford (A-woogah!) and stole my chicken away

Crow black chicken and crow for day
Crow black chicken and fly away
Crow black chicken and crow for days
I like chicken pie! Bwock-bock-bock!

Crow black chicken and-a crow for day
Crow black chicken and-a fly away
Crow black chicken, crow for days
I like chicken pie!

Crow black chicken and-a crow for day
Crow black chicken and-a fly away
Crow black chicken, crow for days
I like chicken pie! BWOCK!!!!

Ketch: “Alright! Say goodbye to that chicken – we done plucked her.”
Willie: “Say goodbye to that one folks, that was it.”
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First time I ever heard this was through a tape of Jerry Garcia's Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers project from June, 1962 - he probably heard the New Lost City Ramblers do it or possibly even the late 20's Uncle Dave Macon recording of it. Lyrics pretty much the same except the chicken gets knocked away by the owl and the Ford, the house is fifteen stories, and no one sews a chicken to any part of themselves.


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Kitty
Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:18 pm Reply with quote
*Mrs. Kitty* Joined: 23 Oct 2006 Posts: 2344 Location: Durham, NC
What's the tune of this song P-tucky?? Sounds like it could rock along a bit like Old Joe Clark.....
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pittsyltucky
Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:34 pm Reply with quote
*Johnny* Joined: 15 Sep 2006 Posts: 4268 Location: Pigg River District, Pittsylvania County, Virginia
G.........................(C)..G..........................................
Well I went on the mountain to give my horn a blow
.......................................................................D...........G.......
I thought I heard that pretty little gal say “Yonder come my beau”

G...............................(C).............
Crow black chicken and crow for day
G...............................D.........
Crow black chicken and fly away
G..........................(C)................
Crow black chicken, crow for days
G......D.........G....
I like chicken pie!

try these chords with or without the C in there... it's close i think... Confused

thewhistleknowsmyname says in A, so you can try this with a capo on 2 if you prefer...


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pittsyltucky
Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 10:05 pm Reply with quote
*Johnny* Joined: 15 Sep 2006 Posts: 4268 Location: Pigg River District, Pittsylvania County, Virginia
clarkjs98 -- sorry to keep deleting your posts, but we are already covering "Chicken Pie" under Crow Black Chicken. -check your pm's...

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indeedinoditsistern
Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:16 am Reply with quote
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pittsyltucky wrote:
clarkjs98 -- sorry to keep deleting your posts, but we are already covering "Chicken Pie" under Crow Black Chicken. -check your pm's...


oh no did that include my spine tingling review of my first show? ah well..
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GumboStu
Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:01 am Reply with quote
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http://thismornin.blogspot.com/2008/05/im-hungry.html

anyone know when this version comes from?

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GumboStu
Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:25 pm Reply with quote
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Some of you might be missing this track. Sounds earlier than Troubles Up and Down the Road to me. Was Chicken Pie/Crow Black Chicken ever released?

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pittsyltucky
Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 9:31 pm Reply with quote
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sounds live to me - circa 00/01, but it's not one i've got... track that muthafletcha down!! that's my favorite period fo shizzle...

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GumboStu
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:06 pm Reply with quote
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The more I listen to this the more I think it sounds like a Eutaw outtake - listen to the natural echo on Ketch's voice at the beginning. And I don't hear any audience ...

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Indiana Girl
Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:06 pm Reply with quote
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I've been picking this one out on my fiddle and have the basics but want to add a bit more to it. Anyone else play fiddle?

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pittsyltucky
Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:21 pm Reply with quote
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I just recently got one - I can make some noise - that's about it... I swear i'll get that thing figured out sooner or later.

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Makinbacon
Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:20 am Reply with quote
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neva heard Old Crow perform this song. Is it an original Ry Cooder tune?
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GumboStu
Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:26 am Reply with quote
*Irish Stew* Joined: 03 Oct 2007 Posts: 3666 Location: Joe's Cornfield
I had to consult the archive for this one, too.

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PinkCowgirl
Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:27 pm Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 16 Jan 2010 Posts: 5 Location: VA
This is one of my favorite OCMS songs!!! I just got my fiddle...so one day I hope I can learn this tune!

I also have a dulcimer. I'm new to the site...is there much stuff for dulcimers on here?

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Chigger
Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:40 pm Reply with quote
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If there is, it's buried deep.... I don't think I've seen anything concerning dulcimers in depth anywhere.

Cool instrument, though. I've played around with one quite a bit, they're fairly easy to learn. Good luck!

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PinkCowgirl
Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:52 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks!

I'm more concerned with working on my fiddling right now anyway. I just plink around on the dulcimer. I'm going to try and see if I can do some version of Worried Mary...maybe look at banjo tunes...and see if I can make it up. Smile

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