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Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)

21 Mar 01 - 05:11 PM (#422676)
Subject: The Pheasant Plucker (2) ^^
From: Joan from Wigan

THE PHEASANT PLUCKER
(Joan Blackburn, 1979)

Me [F]father said he'd learn to me his [C7]trade when I were grown
And sure enough before the bird in [F]our back yard had flown
One day when I was thinking watching [F7]birds was very [Bb]pleasant
Me [C7] father said, "Your time has come, go and pluck that [F]pheasant!"

CHORUS:
I'm [F]not a pheasant plucker, I'm a [C7]pheasant plucker's son
And I'll go plucking pheasants till the [F]pheasant plucking's done
It is a very pleasant trade from [F7]morn till set of [Bb]sun
So [C7]come and pluck some pheasants for pheasant plucking's [F]fun!

I turned me hand right willingly, the trade I soon did know
I plucked 'em here, I plucked 'em there, me fame it soon did grow
But still me father's hand were best, I could not him outdo
Where there's one pheasant plucker, there isn't room for two

One day I met a fair maid and to her I said with glee
"Where are you going, my young lass?" "A-milking, sir," said she
"I'll show you a more pleasant task, 'twill be a lot of fun!"
"Are you a pheasant plucker?" "No, a pheasant plucker's son!"

One evening I was drinking ale down at the local inn
Got talking to a posh young man with tonic in his gin
He said his father owned a yacht, so not to be outdone
I said, "My dad's the better man - I'm a pheasant plucker's son!"

Me father was the king of all the pheasant plucking clan
Of all the pheasant pluckers he was far the bravest man
He plucked 'em on the table and he plucked 'em on the run
And none so proud as me to be a pheasant plucker's son

But now me father's met his fate and in the ground lies he
And I've a wife and son and I'm as happy as can be
I've taught me son me father's trade, we both have lots of fun
And now it is his turn to say "I'm a pheasant plucker's son!"

But one night when the moon was full I heard a mournful sound [suitable sound effects required from the audience at this point]
Me father's ghost returned to haunt his pheasant plucking ground
Bell, book and candle would not do, peace would not to him come
Until I sang the old song, "I'm a Pheasant Plucker's Son!"

The chorus is sung between each verse, with a double chorus at the end - the last chorus to be sung at double speed (it helps to be sober!). In between verses also, I usually cajole the audience into trying to join in the chorus.

I've lost count of the number of times I've given out the words of this song over the years. Jacqui and Bridie asked for the words, which I duly gave, although I don't know if they ever did anything with it. I've also been told by several people that Billy Connolly sings it - although whether it's my song or the "other" Pheasant Plucker I've never been able to find out. If anyone does know, I'd be very glad to know!

Joan ^^


21 Mar 01 - 06:12 PM (#422743)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: GUEST,Roll&Go-C

Thanks for going to the trouble to line out the cords.


21 Mar 01 - 06:27 PM (#422763)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: Micca

Thanks Joan, it IS as funny as I remembered... just hope Dr Spooner leaves it alone!!!!!


21 Mar 01 - 10:15 PM (#422870)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: MMario

marevelous! any hope you have the dots for the melody and would be willing to share them?


22 Mar 01 - 12:08 AM (#422908)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: katlaughing

Wonderful! Well-done very...er pleasant peasants plucking pheasants


23 Mar 01 - 02:02 AM (#423837)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: Joan from Wigan

Sorry for taking so long to reply - I can't always get on to Mudcat as often as I'd like, particularly during the week. MMario, yes I have the dots but not the skill to translate them into midi or ABC. I could e-mail them to you if you PM me with an address. And thank you to everyone for your kind comments.

Joan


24 Mar 01 - 03:31 AM (#424767)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: Joan from Wigan

MMario, either an e-mail address or a fax number...

Joan


24 Mar 01 - 05:36 PM (#425088)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: NH Dave

Seems like The Wurtzels sang something similar in the mid seventies, although perhaps with less verses.

For the non-British here, The Wurtzels were a group of young men who sang traditional and not so traditional songs that were losely from SW England, such as "I've Got a Brand New Combine Harvester and I'll Give You The Key" tta "I've Got a Brand New Set of Roller Skates and I'll Give You The Key", and "Dorset is Beautiful", in the beery traditional manner. They got a lot of play on the British Radio about the time that Steeleye Span came out with "All Around my Hat", another British Top-10 song for a while.

As I understand things, the Wurtzel is a tall growing plant/weed that produces pods with stubborn stickers on them, which were once fastened to wooden pieces and used to tease or comb wool and perhaps cotton, hence their name.

Dave


25 Mar 01 - 05:25 PM (#425386)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: Snuffy

No NH Dave, you're thinking of a Teasel. (Mangel-)wurzels are like sugar beet, turnips, swedes (rutabaga in US) and other root crops.


25 Mar 01 - 07:37 PM (#425468)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: MMario

Sorry Joan - I was away from my computer for a few days.

lpola@edutech.org

Do we have your permission to submit the tune and lyrics to the Digital Tradition?


26 Mar 01 - 12:14 AM (#425595)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: Joan from Wigan

Yes, I would be pleased and honoured.

Joan


27 Mar 01 - 08:44 AM (#426451)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: MMario

NWC file about to go off to Joe - but here is the miditxt of Joan's tune.

MIDI file:The Pheasant Plucker

Timebase: 192

Name: THE PHEASANT PLUCKER
Text: By Joan Blackburn
Copyright: Copyright 1979 Joan Blackburn
Key: F
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Tempo: 150 (400000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
0576 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 67 110 0528 0 67 000 0048 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 69 110 0528 0 69 000 0048 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 70 110 0160 0 70 000 0032 1 70 110 0336 0 70 000 0048 1 70 110 0160 0 70 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0336 0 72 000 0048 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0336 0 65 000 0048 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 67 110 0528 0 67 000 0048 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 69 110 0528 0 69 000 0048 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 65 110 0160 0 65 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 70 110 0528 0 70 000 0048 1 70 110 0160 0 70 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0336 0 72 000 0048 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 60 110 0160 0 60 000 0032 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 65 110 0528 0 65 000
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:THE PHEASANT PLUCKER
M:4/4
Q:1/4=150
K:F
C8|C2F2F2F2|F2F2G2F2|F2E2E2F2|G6C2|C2G2G2G2|
G2G2A2G2|G2F2F2G2|A6F2|F2A2A2A2|A2A2A2G2|
F2F2G2A2|B2B4B2|c2c2c2c2|c2c2c4|C2C2D2E2|
F2F4C2|C2F2F2F2|F2F2G2F2|F2E2E2F2|G6C2|C2G2G2G2|
G2G2A2G2|G2F2F2G2|A6F2|F2A2A2A2|A2A2A2G2|
F2F2G2A2|B6B2|c2c2c2c2|c2c4c2|C2C2D2E2|F11/2||


27 Mar 01 - 01:19 PM (#426685)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: Joan from Wigan

MMario, many thanks for your hard work and effort.

Joan


27 Mar 01 - 01:23 PM (#426689)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: MMario

Anytime! it was a pleasure.


08 Aug 17 - 07:15 AM (#3870528)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Pheasant Plucker (2)
From: Noreen

Sad to hear that lovely Joan has died. :(