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Saturday, October 25, 2003

Saturday October 25, 2003. The BALLAD-L list got a question about possible British ancestors of "They Gotta Quit Kicking My Dog Around" (aka "Hound Dog").

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 11:26:35 -0700
From: Sadie Damascus
Subject: Re: British Hound Dog?

"Johnny rose on a May mornin'
Ca'ed for water tae wash his hands,
Says' When e'er I gae doon tae the toon,
They've been kickin' ma dogs around....
They've been kickin' ma dogs around...."

Just kidding.

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 14:19:30 -0500
From: Steve Gardham
Subject: Re: British Hound Dog?

Okay but verse 2 scans better....

Ye'll busk, ye'll busk my noble dogs,
Ye'll busk and make them boun,
They're the cleverest hounds in all the North,
So stop kicking ma dogs aroun'.

For those who don't know the original:

Ev'ry time I come to town
The boys keep kickin. my dawg aroun'
Makes no difference if he is a houn'
They gotta quit kickin' my dawg aroun'

Me an' Lem Briggs an' old Bill Brown
Took a load of corn to town
My old Jim dawg, ornery old cuss
He just naturally follored us.

As we drive past Johnson's store
A passel of yaps come out the door
Jim he scooted behind a box
With all them fellers a-throwin' rocks

They tied a can to old Jim's tail
An' run him past the county jail
That just naturally made us sore
Lem, he cussed, and Bill, he swore.

Me an' Lem Briggs an' old Bill Brown
Lost no time in a-gitten down
We wiped them fellers on the ground
For kickin' my old dawg, Jim, around.

Jim seen his duty there an' then
He lit into them gentlemen
He shore mussed up the courthouse square
With rags an' meat an' hide an' hair.

Repeat verse 1

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