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Posted By: Kent Davis
30-Jul-07 - 12:20 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: the wampus cat
Subject: Lyr Add: WILLIE AND THE WAMPUS CAT
When I was a young child, in the 1960s, my grandfather would tell stories about hunting the "wampus cat". It was a fierce, panther-like beast, and I believe he said it was horned. Granddady was born in 1910 in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Who else has heard of wampus cats and what have you heard?

At a family reunion yesterday, I sang the song below in honor of Grandddaddy and his stories. Any feedback on the song would also be appreciated.
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WILLIE AND THE WAMPUS CAT

TUNE: "BANGUM WENT TO THE WILD BOAR'S DEN"

Something's up in yonder tree, run all night, fight all day,
Someone's up in yonder tree, chase it far away,
Aileen's up in yonder tree,
Squallin', "Someone, please help me,
Chase him down, cut him down, kill him if you can.

Hear it out in yonder wood, run all night, fight all day,
Crashing 'round though yonder wood, chase it far away,
Wampus cat in yonder wood,
Will cut your throat, drink your blood,
Chase him down, cut him down, kill him if you can.

Willie, will you hunt and ride, run all night, fight all day,
Willie, won't you hunt and ride, chase it far away,
Willie, oh please, hunt and ride,
With a sharp ax by your side,
Chase him down, cut him down, kill him if you can."

Followed that wild cat to his den, run all night, fight all day,
Tracked that wild cat to his den, chase it far away,
Chased that wild cat to his den,
Found the bones of a dozen men,
Chase him down, cut him down, kill him if you can.

Reached his den at morning light, run all night, fight all day,
Fought that cat to end of light, chase it far away,
Ax and claws by evening light,
On and on in dying light,
Chase him down, cut him down, kill him if you can.

Willie pulled his pocket knife, run all night, fight all day,
Opened up his pocket knife, chase it far away,
When he threw his pocket knife,
That was the end of the wild cat's life,
Chase him down, cut him down, kill him if you can.
He chased him down, he cut him down, that Willie, what a man!