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Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits

Jim Dixon 22 Feb 21 - 07:03 PM
Jim Dixon 20 Feb 21 - 10:15 AM
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Jim Dixon 19 Feb 21 - 11:29 PM
Jim Dixon 18 Feb 21 - 07:18 PM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 07:03 PM

Lyrics for THE BUNNY HOP were posted in this thread by Azizi on 15 Feb 07 - 11:47 AM.
Here are writing credits and a partial discography:

Words by Leonard Auletti, music by Ray Anthony, ©1952.

The first recording was by Ray Anthony & His Orchestra, with vocal duet by Tommy Mercer & Marcie Miller on Capitol (2251), 1952.

[The links in this message lead to recordings at the Internet Archive.]

In 1953, Ray Anthony & His Orchestra released an instrumental version on Capitol (2427).

In 1954, Lee Roy & His Band released an instrumental version: Epic (9014);
Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra released an instrumental version called BUNNY HOP MAMBO on Capitol (2875);
Hugo Peretti released a vocal version on Mercury (MC 47A);
and Frank Messina and The Mavericks released an instrumental version on Mac Gregor (699-B).


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Subject: Lyr Add: BUNNY ROUND-UP TIME (Gene Autry)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 10:15 AM

BUNNY ROUND-UP TIME
Words and music by Leo Israel and Stephen Gale [ASCAP credits Hermann Krasnow]
As recorded by Gene Autry on Columbia (39217), 1951, which you can hear at the Internet Archive.

[A] Over the prairie, Texas bluebells chime.
Get along, little cowboy; it’s bunny round-up time.
Go ridin’ to dreamland where cottontails do roam.
Get along, little cowboy; you’ll bring a bunny back home.

[B] There’s a little toy bunny a-hoppin’ right by.
There’s a sweet choc’late bunny with a jellybean eye,
But you got up your pony and on he goes
Till you rope a white bunny with the peppermint toes.

Yippee-I, yippee-A, yippee-I.

Then over the prairie while Texas bluebells chime,
Ride home, little cowboy, from bunny round-up time.

REPEAT [B]


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Subject: Lyr Add: BENNY, THE MAGIC BUNNY (Kenny Roberts)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 11:51 PM

BENNY, THE MAGIC BUNNY
Words and music by Al Hoffman & Dick Manning.
As recorded by Kenny Roberts with the Owen Bradley Quintet on Coral (60660), 1952, which you can hear at the Internet Archive.

[A] Benny, the magic bunny
Has a little magic hat,
Says: “Rabba-zabba-zoo!”
And there’s a kangaroo,
Presto! Just like that.

Benny, the magic bunny
Makes a bunny’s ears stand up.
He puts a pussycat
Into the magic hat.
Presto! There’s a pup.

[B1] Rabbits run to see his tricks.
They come from far and near.
He can make himself tall.
He can make himself small,
Or even disappear.

[C] Benny, the magic bunny,
With his little magic hat,
Can take the darkest day
And make it bright and gay,
Presto! Just like that.

REPEAT [A]

[B2] Benny never has to search
For food when he wants lunch.
He can reach in his hat,
And bingo! Like that,
There’s carrots by the bunch.

REPEAT [C]


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Subject: Lyr Add: BENNY THE BOB TAILED BUNNY (G MacKenzie)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 11:29 PM

BENNY THE BOB TAILED BUNNY
Words and music by Brad Browne & Irving Bibo.
As recorded by Gisele MacKenzie on Capitol #1997, 1952, which you can hear at the Internet Archive.

[A] Benny the bunny, that funny little bunny,
Benny the bob-tailed bunny—
If you’ve been good, you’re on his list,
So when Easter comes around you won’t be missed.
Benny the bunny, he’ll make your day so sunny
When you jump out of bed,
For you’ll find eggs upon your chair,
On the stair, most ev’rywhere,
And who do you think it is that paints and puts them there?
It’s Benny the bob-tailed bunny!

[B] Watch out! (Watch out!)
And mind your mom and dad.
Benny said to give you all this warning.
And he’s (and he’s)
The bestest friend you’ve had.
You’ll find that out one certain Sunday morning.

REPEAT [A]


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Subject: Lyr Add: RUN LITTLE RABBIT (Cab Calloway)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 07:18 PM

RUN LITTLE RABBIT
(A. Gibson)
As recorded by Cab Calloway and his Orchestra on Okeh (6084), 1941, which you can hear at the Internet Archive.

Run, little rabbit.
Hit the road, little rabbit.
Got done(?), big rabbit.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!

Find a log, little rabbit.
I got my dog, little rabbit.
You’re in the fog, little rabbit.
* * * * *

You may dodge and Susie-Q,
But I’ll boogie-woogie after you.
You better not sit; you better not sigh.
I’ll run you round and shoot you down and fry your hide.

You better run, big rabbit.
Hit the road, big rabbit.
I got my gun, big rabbit.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!


[Asterisks represent “bangs” on a drum.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE RABBIT WITH THE TWO BUCK TEETH
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 06:32 PM

THE RABBIT WITH THE TWO BUCK TEETH
Words and music by Jimmie Dale & Roger Genger.
As recorded by Mervin Shiner on Decca (27977), 1952, which you can hear at the Internet Archive.

Did you see the rabbit with the two buck teeth?
Did you ever count the carrots that rabbit could eat?
Now it may sound strange, but I have been told
Since he ate fourteen carrots, he is worth his weight in gold.

Did you ever see the rabbit with the two buck teeth?
Did you ever meet a rabbit with so much conceit?
Now he puffs his chest as he walks around,
‘Cause he owns all the cabbage and the lettuce his town.

Now it doesn’t seem right and we all agree
That a rabbit should never gloat.
With his eyes so bright, he laughs with glee
When he says: “I’m the rabbit with my own fur coat.”

Did you ever see the rabbit with the two buck teeth?
Now he has a funny habit: shakes hands with his feet.
Some people think it’s sweet, but wait until you meet
The rabbit with the two buck teeth.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RABBIT IN THE PEA PATCH (Pickard Family)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Feb 21 - 06:05 PM

RABBIT IN THE PEA PATCH
As recorded by The Pickard Family on Jewel (5508-B) and Banner (S-6283-B), 1928.

CHORUS: Rabbit in the pea patch pickin’ out peas.
Rabbit in the pea patch pickin’ out peas.
Get away rabbit, get away, please.
Thought I heard that chicken sneeze. REPEAT.

Listen folks did you ever hear
Story ‘bout ol’ farmer Greer?
Planted a pea patch ten mile wide.
That pea patch was the old man’s pride.
Worked it ‘cause his hair was gray
From early morn till close of day.
Rabbit got in and couldn’t get ‘im out.
Ever’body heard the old man shout. CHORUS

Ol’ Miss Rabbit had a mighty habit
Flittin’ in the garden an’ eatin’ those cabbage.
Behind that hen-house on my knees
Thought I heard that chicken sneeze.
Rabbit run, rabbit true.
Rabbit’s story’s changin’ too.
Nothin’ but the rooster sayin’ his prayers,
Givin’ out a hymn an’ gettin’ upstairs. CHORUS


[There are other versions of RABBIT IN THE PEA PATCH posted in these old threads:
Lyr Req: Rabbit in the Pea Patch from 1999.
Lyr Add: Mistah Rabbit Patting rhyme from 2007.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY CHOC’LATE RABBIT / MY CHOCOLATE RABBIT
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Feb 21 - 05:45 PM

A more complete version of the song posted by Tattie Bogle on 24-Sep-2020:


MY CHOC’LATE RABBIT
(Gerald Marks, Milton Pascal)
As recorded by Rosemary Clooney on Columbia (90101-V), 1951, which can be heard at the Internet Archive.

I got a brand-new Easter outfit,
A coat and hat and all the rest,
But there was one thing more from the candy store
That I really loved the best.

I got a chocolate rabbit
For a special treat,
A great big chocolate rabbit
Sweet enough to eat.
So I ate his ears on Sunday,
His nose I finished Monday,
And Tuesday I nibbled on his feet.

I ate his tail on Wednesday.
Thursday, I kept on.
By Friday he was going.
Saturday he was gone.
Oh, I loved my chocolate rabbit
From the moment that he came,
And if I get another one,
I'll love him just the same.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MISTER RABBIT / MR. RABBIT
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Feb 21 - 04:53 PM

Two more versions of the song posted by oldhippie back on 26-Feb-2007:

From On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs by Dorothy Scarborough (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925), page 174, where it appears with musical notation for the melody line:


MISTER RABBIT

1. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, yo’ ears mighty long.”
“Yes, my lawd, dey’re put on wrong!
Every little soul must shine, shine, shine.
Every little soul must shine, shine, shine.”

2. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, yo’ coat mighty grey.”
“Yes, my lawd, ‘twas made dat way!...”

3. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, yo’ feet mighty red.”
“Yes, my lawd, I’m a-almost dead!…”

4. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, yo’ tail mighty white.”
“Yes, my lawd, an’ I’m a-gittin’ out o’ sight!…”


MR. RABBIT
As recorded by Burl Ives on Columbia (90050-V), 1949, which can be heard at the Internet Archive.
(Apparently part of a series called “Animal Fair (Songs for Children)”)

SPOKEN: Here, here, Mister Rabbit, I want to talk to you!

1. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, your coat’s mighty gray.”
“Yes, bless God, it’s made that way.
Ev’ry little soul must shine, shine
Ev’ry little soul must shine, shine.”

2. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, your ears are mighty long.”
Yes, bless God, they’re put on wrong….”

3. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, your ears are mighty thin.”
Yes, bless God, they’re splittin’ the wind….”

4. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, your eyes are mighty red.”
Yes, bless God, I’m almost dead….”


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLUES JUMPED A RABBIT (Noone/Page/Harris)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Feb 21 - 08:32 PM

THE BLUES JUMPED A RABBIT
(Jimmie Noone)
As recorded by Jimmie Noone and His Orchestra, with vocal by Guy Kelly, on Decca (18439 A), 1936.

The blues jumped a rabbit, run him a solid mile.
Ah, the blues jumped a rabbit, run him a solid mile.
That poor fella lied down, was cryin’ like a natural child.

[You can hear this recording at the Internet Archive.]


THE BLUES JUMPED THE RABBIT
(Oran Page)
As recorded by [Oran] “Hot Lips” Page and His Orchestra, with vocal by Page, on Commodore Classics in Swing (593 A), 1947.

When you lose your money, please don’t lose your mind.
When you lose your woman, please don’t mess with mine.

Well, the blues jumped the rabbit an’ he ran him a solid mile.
Well, the blues jumped the rabbit, ran him a solid mile.
Well, the rabbit set down, crawled like a natural child.

Good as I treat you, baby, what you do can’t be sound.
Good as I treat you, baby, way you treat me can’t be sound.
You gonna give me my money, you stop runnin’ all around.

Hey, call me, baby; call me on the telephone.
Call me, baby; call me on the telephone,
‘Cause if I don’t love you, baby, I love you better’n a honky(?) dog love a beggar(?) bone.

[You can hear this recording at the Internet Archive.]


MR. BLUES JUMPED THE RABBIT
(Wynonie Harris)
As recorded by Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris and His All-Stars on Aladdin Jazz Series (171A), 1947.

Mister Blues jumped the rabbit an’ run him for one solid mile.
Yes, Mister Blues jumped the rabbit an’ run him for one solid mile.
Well, the blues saw the rabbit, he cried like a baby child.

He said: Please, Mister Blues, don’t treat Mister Rabbit so bad.
Please, Mister Blues, don’t treat Mister Rabbit so bad.
Don’t you know it’s the first blues that I’ve ever had?

Yes, Mister Rabbit, he’s learned his lesson at last.
Yes, Mister Rabbit, you learned your lesson at last.
You can’t outrun the blues; you just can’t run that fast.

Run, Mister Rabbit.
Run, Mister Rabbit.
Run, Mister Rabbit.
Run, Mister Rabbit.

Old Mister Rabbit, he’s got the blues in the night.
Yes, old Mister Rabbit, he’s got the blues in the night.
Yeah, I know how you feel; [my gal don’t?] treat me right.

[You can hear this recording at the Internet Archive.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 24 Sep 20 - 06:20 PM

Oops: I copied the lyrics of Chocolate Rabbit from a website, but they've missed a couple of lines out!!!
Here is a better version!

Chocolate Rabbit

I got a chocolate rabbit
For an Easter treat,
A great big chocolate rabbit,
Good enough to eat.

So I ate his ears on Sunday,
his nose I finished Monday,
And Tuesday I nibbled on his feet.
I ate his tail on Wednesday,
Thursday I kept on,
By Friday he was going,
Saturday he was gone.

Oh, I loved that chocolate rabbit,
From the moment that he came,
And if I get another one,
I'll love him just the same.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Nick
Date: 24 Sep 20 - 03:08 PM

ABBA with colds Bunny, Bunny, Bunny

CSNY Helplessly Hopping


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 24 Sep 20 - 10:18 AM

Here is the chocolate rabbit song:

My Chocolate Rabbit

I got a chocolate rabbit
For an Easter treat.
A great big chocolate rabbit
Good enough to eat.

So I ate his ears on Sunday
His nose I finished Monday
Tuesday I nibbled on his feet
I ate his tail on Wednesday
Thursday, Friday I kept on
By Saturday evening he was gone.

Oh I loved my chocolate rabbit
From the moment that he came
And if I get another one
I'll love him just the same.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 23 Sep 20 - 05:58 AM

Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and first recorded by Big Mama Thornton in 1952.

You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Crying all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Sep 20 - 08:15 PM

Seems I posted the first of those 3 songs in the girl scout thread that has just popped up again, 10 years ago! Guide's honour, not a copy and paste, but exactly the same words. What I had forgotten was that, as well as doing actions, we used to omit one line more of the singing (but still do the actions) on repeating the song each time, until we got to no singing, just miming!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Sep 20 - 08:01 PM

Another variant on the one Susan and Monique posted' from my days as a Gifl Guide around the campfire, also complete with actions:

In a cottage in a wood,
Little old man at the window stood,
Saw a rabbit running by,
Knocking at his door.
"Help me! Help me! Help me!" he said,
All those guns will shoot me dead,
"Come, little rabbit, come to me,
Happy we shall be".

And another from my grandson's pre-school singarounds:
(To the tune of John Brown's body/Glory Hallelujah)
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly uppn his nose, (x3),
So he flipped it and he flopped it and the fly flew away.

And one from Children's Favourites on "the wireless" all those years ago, especially popular around Easter time, instead of Easter eggs,
The Chocolate Rabbit. (Will post words later).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,John Greaves
Date: 22 Sep 20 - 04:40 PM

I wrote a song about rabbit pie which is on the Yorkshire Garland website, I remember living on very thin rabbits through the 1947 winter,we were snowed up for 8 weeks and 2 days. I wont touch them now. It is a thoroughly silly song but quite fun to sing!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: SummerCampSongs
Date: 22 Sep 20 - 09:48 AM

Mrrzy, someone did post Mr Rabbit upthread (Feb 2007). I'll take this opportunity to share this version of the song by the Replacements' Paul Westerberg: Mr Rabbit


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Monique
Date: 22 Sep 20 - 02:45 AM

In a Cabin in a Wood, a slightly different version from Susan's on Sept 18th. It's sung in several languages. A Greek children's song (Little Rabbit).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,LarryTheRadioGuy
Date: 22 Sep 20 - 12:31 AM

Rabbit's Run by Happy and Artie Traum (from the first album).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 20 Sep 20 - 04:30 PM

Ralph McTell Alphabet Zoo

The Rabbit Song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Sep 20 - 03:03 PM

You didn't want Aussie ones about rabbits getting trapped, which is why I didn't include Stan Wakefield's song from the Great Depression - 'The Rabbiters'.

Doug Jenner


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Mrrzy
Date: 20 Sep 20 - 02:55 PM

Really? Nobody has mentioned Mr. Rabbit?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,MNJoe
Date: 19 Sep 20 - 01:28 PM

At Camp Ajawah in MN, a counselor taught a song in the 1980s which has been popular among the girls ever since. I was (mildly) surprised to learn that it was a song under copyright, a novelty tune that was cowritten by Milton Berle!

Check it out here:

https://archive.org/details/78_i-wuv-a-wabbit_dick-two-ton-baker-and-his-music-makers-baker-berle-drake-martell_gbia0105368a


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,henryp5
Date: 19 Sep 20 - 10:49 AM

From: Rowan Date: 06 Jun 08 - 07:28 PM

Just to clear up a couple of misconceptions in this thread:
Rabbits and Hares are not Rodents - they both belong to the species Lagomorph - which also includes the mountain hare.

Well, almost right; they're lagomorphs, which is the colloquial name for the family, equivalent to "rodents". I'm in the middle of transporting a workplace from one building to another and my references are packed away but the scientific binomial (genus and specific epithet), for the rabbit that has gone feral in Oz, is Oryctolagus cuniculus

Cheers, Rowan

The lagomorphs are the members of the taxonomic order Lagomorpha, of which there are two living families: the Leporidae (hares and rabbits) and the Ochotonidae (pikas).

Lagomorphs and rodents form the clade or grandorder Glires. Despite the evolutionary relationship between lagomorphs and rodents, the two orders have some major differences.

Wikipedia, of course.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 19 Sep 20 - 10:37 AM

There the fox and the hare, the badger and the bear
and the birds' on the green-wood tree,
there's the pretty little rabbits all engaging in their habits
and they've all got a mate but me.

From the Bob and Jacqueline Patten Collection
Collected in Rockliffe / Wreay, Cumbria, England, UK

John O'Connell from Baile Mhuirne, Co. Cork gave me the song, originally an English folk song and published in The Oxford Book of Traditional Verse. (Jimmy Crowley, notes 'Uncorked!')


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GerryM
Date: 19 Sep 20 - 08:29 AM

Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons, by Kate Rowe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,Roderick A. Warner
Date: 19 Sep 20 - 07:21 AM

https://youtu.be/9jHG5qsbfpI
Cottontail encore...
With lyrics (featuring the late Annie Ross with Jon Hendricks, who wrote the words, Dave Lambert)... not the original lyrics that Duke wrote but a later embellishment which captures the essence of the song imo...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,Roderick A. Warner
Date: 19 Sep 20 - 07:05 AM

https://youtu.be/qAZWFafX6o8

Cottontail... Duke Ellington, 1940. Interesting run over the ‘I Got Rythm’ changes... Classic ‘jazz’ from 60 years ago...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 19 Sep 20 - 04:15 AM

On the Isle of Portland (UK). You're not supposed to mention rabbits, as the quarrymen for Portland stone believed the rabbits digging to be a cause of rockfalls.

i wrote this song about it

https://soundcloud.com/denise_whittle/on-portland


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Rex
Date: 18 Sep 20 - 02:00 PM

Wayland The Rabbit - Seals & Crofts


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Susan of DT
Date: 18 Sep 20 - 07:12 AM

I just posted this one on the girl scout thread yesterday:

In the woods there stands a house [draw a square]
I looked from my window out [shade your eyes]
Saw a rabbit in distress [rabbit ears?]
Running in alarm [hands make little running motions]
Help me, help me, sir, he cried [fling hands out]
From the hunter I must hide [cringe down?]
Keep me safe and warm [one hand pets the other]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 18 Sep 20 - 07:03 AM

Q
",,, wondering about the origin of bunny ,,,"

A
"Alas, it’s not there largely because we don’t know. Bun was an English dialect word, recorded from the sixteenth century, which was used for a squirrel or rabbit. It seems that the word turned into the endearment bunny in the following century, and only later was it transferred back to the rabbit.
There is a suggestion that the word may have originally referred to the small tail of the rabbit, in the same way that a tight coil of hair at the back of the neck was also called a bun, because both were roughly the shape and size of the cake. Others argue that the origin was the Gaelic word bun that meant a stump or root, and which could refer to the tail of a hare.
But neither origin explains why it was applied to a squirrel, whose tail looks rather different. But then, we don’t know for sure where the word bun in the sense of the cake comes from either, so it’s all quite obscure."
https://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bun1.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Young Buchan
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 04:52 PM

Somewhere at the back of my mind is a verse from an old Suffolk singer along the lines of:
The foxes and the hares are busy making lairs;
The little birds are nesting in the trees;
And all the little rabbits are engaged in dirty habits
'Cos they've all got a wife but me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,Arkansas Red
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 02:40 PM

The song, "When The Blues Chase Up A Rabbit" can be found on an LP album by Charlotte Daniels and Pat Webb. It's out of print, but you might get lucky. I borrowed the album about forty years ago and learned the song. You might be able to find the Judy Henske version on Amazon.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,David Ingerson
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 04:07 AM

I suppose it is technically off-subject, but there is the Irish (Co. Tyrone) song,

The Creggan White Hare,

which tells of the hare successfully eluding at least three sets of hunters.

I just got back from three weeks in Ireland where I heard a version with about five additional verses to the version I know. I'll have to find the recording among the scores of songs I recorded, but I'll transcribe the extra verses and post them in a day or two.

Cheers,

David


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Little Robyn
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 04:45 PM

Then there's the Maori version of Run Rabbit, Oma räpeti.

Oma räpeti, oma räpeti
Oma, oma, oma
Oma räpeti, oma räpeti
Pühia te kaiako

Pako pako pako
Ko te tangi ö te pü
Oma räpeti, oma räpeti
Oma, oma, oma         

Run rabbit, run rabbit
Run, run, run
Run rabbit, run rabbit
Shoot the teacher

Bang, bang, bang
goes the farmer's gun
Run rabbit, run rabbit
Run, run, run


I don't know about the 'shoot the teacher' bit - that's from the NZ Folk
site.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 11:21 PM

Variation on Guest, Pete a couple of days ago:

To the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Wabbits got no tails at all
Tails at all,
Tails at all;
Wabbits got no tails at all
Just a powder puff!

(spoken)

Same song second verse,
Could be better, but it's gonna be worse.

Wabbits got no tails at all
Tails at all,
Tails at all;...

How long can you stand to listen to the kids do this one?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE RABBIT TRAPPER'S SONG
From: Rowan
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 11:07 PM

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned

THE RABBIT TRAPPERS SONG
(posted by John in Brisbane in 1998); the words are apparently from the oral tradition, recorded by Dave de Hugard.

1. Oh, my traps are all a-jangle,
At an easy swinging tangle,
I'm setting in a circle
Keeping round a fringe of trees;
Although I'm mud and gory spattered,
And my clobber's torn and tattered
I'm as carefree as the bunnies
Till they fall for one of these.

2. Oh, I'm under no man's orders
And I recognise no borders,
There's a welcome everywhere for me
And my old dungarees;
I am a rabbit trapper,
And a canny bunny snapper,
And I whistle through the bushland,
Though I'm wet up to the knees.

3. While you guys are courting tabbies,
I'm out among the rabbies,
I can hear them bucking, squealing,
Oh, a dozen traps ahead,
And again while you are flirting
At the last trap I am certain
To be bagging up my bunnies,
Keeping tally as I tread.

So Ginger make the railway early,
There's a shy and dinkum girlie
Let's me juggle with the cream cans
As she write cheques out for me.

I'm told Dave de Hugard wrote the tune to which it has been most commonly sung (in the Top End, with the audience doing "chorus" actions) for the last 20 odd years and, apparently, got so tired of hearing it that he wrote another.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 09:20 PM

Coney Island baby


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: Rowan
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 07:28 PM

Just to clear up a couple of misconceptions in this thread:
Rabbits and Hares are not Rodents - they both belong to the species Lagomorph - which also includes the mountain hare.


Well, almost right; they're lagomorphs, which is the colloquial name for the family, equivalent to "rodents". I'm in the middle of transporting a workplace from one building to another and my references are packed away but the scientific binomial (genus and specific epithet), for the rabbit that has gone feral in Oz, is Oryctolagus cuniculus

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: banjoman
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 06:56 AM

Just to clear up a couple of misconceptions in this thread:
Rabbits and Hares are not Rodents - they both belong to the species Lagomorph - which also includes the mountain hare.

Rabbits are wonderful creatures and make great companions - I currently have two and they provide hours of stress relief.
Highly recomended as pets for older people


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,Volgadon
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 12:51 PM

The Rabbit Song!
There is an old Soviet comedy from 1969, the Diamond Arm, about a mild-mannered family man who gets tangled up in a web of international smuggling. A cast containing diamonds was placed by accident on his arm, so now the smugglers want them back. He is taken to some restaurant, to get him drunk, to make things easier. He gets up to sing and causes a riot.

The song is about two rabbits who go to an oak forest to work a charm. If they nibble the grass three times in the face of danger, they will grow brave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyIIGAy6s40


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,Pete
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 12:46 PM

Bunny ain't got no tail at all, tail at all, tail at all.
Bunny ain't got no tail at all. Only a ball of fluff.

Second verse same as the first. Can't get better, must get worse.

Bunny ain't got etc.etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: peregrina
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 12:12 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: peregrina
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 12:04 PM

African proverb on old Oxfam poster: Until the lions have their historians, history will always tell of the victories of the hunters.


Song challenge: the hunt from the rabbit's point of view.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BIG-EYED RABBIT
From: MissouriMud
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 11:43 AM

Don't forget Big Eyed Rabbit:


1. Yonder comes a rabbit, skipping through the sand
Shoot that rabbit, he don't mind
Fry him in my pan, Lord I'll fry him in my pan

Chorus 1. Big-eyed rabbit's gone, gone, the big-eyed rabbit's gone

2. Yonder comes a rabbit, fast as he can run
If I see another one
Gonna shoot him with my gun, shoot him my gun

Chorus 1 ...

3. Yonder comes my darling, how do I know?
I know her by her big brown eyes
Shining bright like gold, shining bright like gold

Chorus 2 . Rocking in a weary land, I'm rocking in a weary land.

Probably some another verses I dont recall in there - lots of versions of this - Tommy Jarrell recorded it a couple of times


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,cStu
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 08:58 AM

I've got a bunny song sung to a vaguely discernable fiddle tune!

Run Run Bunny Bunny Go

Old Fox coming down the road now bunny bunny
Run Run bunny bunny go
Whitetails bobbing in the air there funny bunny
Go go bunny bunny run

Farmer coming with his gun now bunny bunny
Run Run bunny bunny go
rest his gun on his hungry tummy bunny
Go go bunny bunny run

Jump for the hole in the hedge now bunny bunny
Run Run bunny bunny go
Whitetails flying through the air there funny bunny
Go go bunny bunny run


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 08:43 AM

Shotgun Boogie - 1950


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits.
From: GUEST,Suffolk Miracle
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 08:17 AM

There is a Scottish bothy ballad called The Last Farewell To Stirling (which I used to sing a lot in the early seventies, until someone stared referring to it as The Decimalisation Song, so that noone could take it seriously!) about a poacher about to be transported, in the usual Folk way, for fourteen years to Van Dieman's Land. Addressed to his girlfriend, one verse goes:

No more I'll walk you in the dark
Nor take you out through the King's Park
Nor start a rabbit from its flat
When I am far from Stirling-o


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