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Bert Hansell Lyr Add: The Sow Song (Suzanna's a Funicle Man) (73* d) Lyr Add: SUZANNA'S A FUNICLE MAN 08 May 97


Here is another version of the Sow song; which is a farrowing song from Somerset. I learned this with the title 'Suzanna's a funicle man'.

In the dark ages of folk before the sixties revival (which started in the fifties) The torch of folk music in England was carried by a group of well to do, elderly ladies.

Every year they held (and still do) a folk festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
One year, in the forties I think, legend has it that a group of singers from Somerset performed this song and the ladies were most upset. Not recognizing it as a TRUE folk song, they thought that the group were making fun of folk music.

It is worth spending a little effort perfecting the great sound effects.

Enjoy,
Bert.

SUZANNA'S A FUNICLE MAN

The was an old farmer who had an old sow
(grunt) ow (whistle) ow (PFTHTTT) idle-e-dow
Suzanna's a funicle man

CHORUS: Sing lassy go rings below
Suzanna's a funicle man
(grunt) an (whistle) an (PFTHTTT) idle-e-dan
Suzanna's a funicle man

Now this old sow had nine little pigs
(grunt) ig (whistle) ig (PFTHTTT) idle-e-dig
Suzanna's a funicle man. CHORUS

These nine little pigs, they got out of their sty
(grunt) i (whistle) i (PFTHTTT) idle-e-di
Suzanna's a funicle man. CHORUS

They went in thefield and they ate all the beets
(grunt) eet (whistle) eet (PFTHTTT) idle-e-deet
Suzanna's a funicle man. CHORUS

They got in the barn and they ate all the corn
(grunt) orn (whistle) orn (PFTHTTT) idle-e-dorn
Suzanna's a funicle man. CHORUS

These nine little pigs, grew big and grew fat
(grunt) at (whistle) at (PFTHTTT) idle-e-dat
Suzanna's a funicle man. CHORUS

That's the end of this little song
(grunt) ong (whistle) ong (PFTHTTT) idle-e-dong
Suzanna's a funicle man. CHORUS


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