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Posted By: John Minear
23-Aug-02 - 12:10 PM
Thread Name: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion-Child #18
Subject: Lyr Add: WILD HOG IN THE WOODS
Bronson has music for Mrs. Josephine Casey's version above, which you will find in Vol I (I think)of his multi-volume series on the tunes for the Child Ballads, p. 270, no.7. MMario, there's another eleven versions in the larger volume in addition to what you posted. rich r, thanks for finding the Belden material. I'm not surprized to find out that Bangum and Mr. Frog are related. They seem to be cut from a similar cloth.

Here is Dwight Diller's version, from his album O DEATH, with his very nice banjo and a striking bass accompaniment.

WILD HOG IN THE WOODS

There's a wild hog in yonder woods,
Diddle oh down, diddle oh day,
There's a wild hog in yonder woods,
Diddle oh down, oh day.
There's a wild hog in yonder woods,
Eats(?)your bones, drinks your blood,
Cut him down, cut him down, kill him if you can.

There's a wild hog in yonder mash(marsh),
Cut his way through oak and ash.

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

Followed that wild boar day and night,
Swore he'd take a that wild boar's life.

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

Fought that wild boar with sword and knife,
Swore he'd take that wild boar's life.

Fought four hours in that day,
The wild boar fled and slunk away.

Bangum drew his wee pen knife,
That was the end of the wild boar's life.

I love that line, "and slunk away"! By the way, I was told that those "wee pen knives" were actually quite lethal, with a six inch, double-edged blade, usually carried up the sleeve or somewhere else hidden from sight. The refrain on Dwight's version is almost the same as that of Mrs. McAlexander's version given by Stewie above. Here's another version, which is very close to Dwight's, using his tune and a very similar banjo style, by Diane Jones, on her album, with Hubie King, called "THERE ARE NO RULES". Dwight Diller was one of her banjo instructors.

WILD HOG

There was a wild hog in yonders woods,
Doodle um day, doodle um day,
There was a wild hog in yonders woods,
Doodle um downey day,
There was a wild hog in yonders woods,
Catch him, boys, don't let him get away,
Cut him down, cut him down, catch him if you can.

Bangun did a huntin' ride,
With a sword and a pistol by his side,

Bangum rode to the wild hog's den,
Where he spied the bones of a thousand men,

Bangum blew his huntin' horn,
And the wild hog crawled through the oak and thorn,

Bangum drew his huntin' knife,
He swore he'd take that wild hog's life,

They fought nine hours on that day,
Until the wild hog bled and slunk away,

Bangum did you win or lose,
He swore, by God, he won his shoes,

There was a wild hog in yonders wood,
Catch him, boys, don't let he get away.