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Thread #10834   Message #2943276
Posted By: Artful Codger
10-Jul-10 - 10:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: I Bought Me a Cat / Fiddle-i-Fee
Subject: Lyr Add: The Barnyard Song
Here is the version from Lonesome Tunes: Folk Songs from the Kentucky Mountains (1916), collected by Loraine Wyman.


THE BARNYARD SONG

1. I had a cat and the cat pleased me,
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

2. I had a hen and the hen pleased me,
I fed my hen under yonder tree.
Hen goes chimmy chuck, chimmy chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

[Similarly until...]

9. I had a dog and the dog pleased me,
I fed my dog under yonder tree.
Dog goes bow-wow,
Horse goes neigh-neigh,
Cow goes moo-moo,
Hog goes griffy-gruffy,
Sheep goes ba-ba,
Goose goes swishy-swashy,
Duck goes quack-quack,
Hen goes chimmy-chuck chimmy-chuck
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Source: Lonesome Tunes, pp. 6-13. Words collected by Lorraine Wyman, melody collected by Howard Brockway. New York: The H.W. Gray Company, 1916.
From Knott County, Kentucky.

ABC transcription:

X:1
T:The Barnyard Song
C:from Knott County, Kentucky
S:Lonesome Tunes. ed. Lorraine Wyman, arr. Howard Brockway, 1916.
M:2/4
L:1/4
Q:1/4=200 "Con spirito"
K:Eb
%
%   First verse
z z/ B/ | e e | B3/2 B// B// | e e | B> B | e B | c B/ B/ |
w: 9.~I had a cat and the cat pleased me, I fed my cat un-der
G F | E z | E E | G/ G/ F | E2- | E z |
w: yon-der tree. Cat goes fid-dle-i-fee.
%
%   Last verse
z z/ B/ | e e | B3/2 B// B// | e e | B> B | e B | c B/ B/ | G F | E z |
w: 9.~I had a dog and the dog pleased me, I fed my dog un-der yon-der tree.
E E | G2 | G2 | E E | G2 | G2 | E E | G2 | G2 | E E | G B |
w: Dog goes bow bow, Horse goes neigh neigh, Cow goes moo moo, Hog goes griff-y
G B | E E | G2 | G2 | E E | G B | G B | E E | G z |
w: gruff-y, Sheep goes ba ba, Goose goes swish-y swash-y, Duck goes quack
G z | E E | G/ G/ B | G/ G/ B | E E | G/ G/ F | E2- | E z |]
w: quack, Hen goes chim-my chuck chim-my chuck, Cat goes fid-dle-i-fee.

The version that Sorcha posted in this message has a similar tune. I've corrected her ABC transcription below; the melodic part for all the other animals can be inferred from the Wyman/Brockway version.


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Sorcha's version:


X:2
T:I Had a Cat
T:The Barnyard Song
S:no source cited
Z:Sorcha; revised by Artful Codger
M:4/4
L:1/4
Q:1/2=180
K:C
c2 c c | G2 G G | c2 c2 | G3 G | c2 G2 | A2 G G |
%   5th measure inserted by AC.
w: I had a cat and the cat pleased me, I fed my cat un-der
E2 D2 | C2 z2 | C2 C2 | E E D2 | C4 | z4 ||
w: yon-der tree. Cat goes fid-dle-i-fee.


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