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Thread #103674   Message #2114668
Posted By: Susan of DT
30-Jul-07 - 09:16 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: the wampus cat
Subject: Lyr Add: WILD BOAR and WILD HOG
Interesting variant of the Wild Hog in the Woods, Child #18. It is not just the same tune, Kent. The verses are clearly from there, too. The last line in some of the Appalachian versions have moved from the pseudo-latin "killie quo quom" types into "Cut him down, Kill him if you can"

Some of the versions that will be appearing in the Digital Tradition:

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WILD BOAR (7)

There is a wild hog in yonder woods
        Diddilie down, diddle o day
There is a wild hog in yonder woods
        Diddilie down o day
There is a wild hog in yonder woods
He'll cut your throat and he'll drink your blood
        Won't you cut him down, cut him down
        Kill him if you can

There is a wild hog in yonder marsh
Cutting his way through oak and ash

Bangum, will you hunt and ride
Sword and pistol by your side

He followed that wild boar day and night
Before he'd take that wild boar's life

Bangum went to the wild boar's den
He found the bones of a thousand men

He fought that wild boar sword and knife
Afore he'd taken that wild boar's life

They fought four hours in that day
The wild boar stomped and he ran away

Bangum threw his wea-pon knife
And that was the end of that boar's life


Child #18
Roud-20
recorded by Pamela Goddard
@animal @hunt
filename[ WLDBOAR7
SOF
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WILD HOG (8)

There is a wild hog in these woods
        Diddilo down o day
There is a wild hog in these woods
        diddilo
There is a wild hog in these woods
He eats men's bones and he drinks their blood
        Cam o kay, cut him down
        Kill him if you can

I wish I could that wild hog see
And see if he'd take a fight with me

There he comes through yonders marsh
He splits his way through oak and ash

Bangum drew his wooden knife
To rob that wild hog of his life

They fought three hours in that day
At length that wild hog stole away

They followed that wild hog to his den
There they saw the bones of a thousand men


@animal @hunt
Child #18
Roud-20
Recorded on Far in the Mountains by Eunice Yeatts MacAlexander
filename[ WLDBOAR8
SOF
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WILD HOG (11)

There's a wild hog in these woods,
        Diddle o down, diddle o day,
There's a wild hog in these woods,
        Diddle o down today,
This is a wild hog in these woods
That kills men and sucks their blood,
        Kill him tell, cut him down, kill him if you can.

Do you see him a-comin' through yonders mash(marsh),
        Diddle o down, diddle o day,
See him a-comin' through yonders mash,
        Diddle o down today,
See him a-comin' through yonders mash,
Splittin' his way through oak and ash,
        Kill him tell, cut him down, kill him if you can.

I fought him with my wooden knife,
        Diddle o down, diddle o day,
I fought him with my wooden knife,
        Diddle o down today,
Fought him with my wooden knife,
Before I'd take that wild hog's life,
        Kill him tell, cut him down, kill him if you can.

I followed that groundhog(!) to yonders bend,
        Diddle o down, diddle o day,
I followed him to yonders bend,
        Diddle o down today,
Followed that groundhog to yonders bend,
And there lay the bones of a thousand men,
        I kill him tell, cut him down, kill him if I can.

Not only has the wild boar become a groundhog in this version, but the action has become first person as well. I wonder if there is a crossover version somewhere that mixes with the song "Groundhog". You could almost sing some of the "Old Bangum" versions to the tune of "Groundhog", if you dropped the refrains.
Here is a Virginia version, from Carroll County, from Miss Ruby Bowman, of Laurel Fork. This was recorded on aluminum disk by A.K. Davis, Jr., on August 11, 1932, just about 70 years ago. It is on page 77, of Davis' MORE TRADITIONAL BALLADS OF VIRGINIA. The tune looks to be similar to that of Dwight Diller's version, although I don't read music very well.

@animal @hunt
Child #18
Roud-20
filename[ WLDBOR11
JM
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Yours will be version 12.