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Posted By: John Minear
26-Aug-02 - 07:47 AM
Thread Name: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion-Child #18
Subject: Lyr Add: SIR LIONEL
Here is the last of the four versions of "Sir Lionel" given in Arthur K. Davis' MORE TRADITIONAL BALLADS FROM VIRGINIA, pp. 73-74. This comes from Miss Margaret Purcell, of Greenwood, Virginia, in Albemarle County. This is right next to Crozet, and just up the road from me. It was recorded in May of 1934. It had been printed previously with a slightly different tune and text in TRADITIONAL BALLADS OF VIRGINIA, pp. 127-28, 558-59.

Old Bangem would a hunting ride,
Dillum down dillum,
Old Bangem would a hunting ride,
Dillum down,
Old Bangem would a hunting ride,
Sword and pistol by his side,
Cubby ki cuddie down,
Killy quo quam.

"There is a wild boar in this wood,
Will eat your meat and suck your blood."

"O how shall I this wild boar see"
"Blow a blast and he'll come to thee."

Old Bangem blew both loud and shrill,
The wild boar heard on Temple Hill.

The wild boar came with such a rush,
He tore down hickory, oak and ash.

Old Bangem drew his wooden knife,
He said that he would take his life.

"Old Bangem, did you win or lose?"
He said that he had won the shoes.

MMario has the earlier version as example 2 in his listings from Bronson above, collected in 1913. I don't see any difference in the text. This version comes from Miss Purcell's great-grandfather, from around 1760. Where is "Temple Hill"? And does winning one's "shoes" mean the same as "winning one's spurs"?