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ADD: Appalachian Front-Porch Game (Hutchings)

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bradfordian 23 Dec 04 - 05:33 PM
GUEST,MCP 23 Dec 04 - 07:48 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game, A. H.
From: bradfordian
Date: 23 Dec 04 - 05:33 PM

Season's Greetings fowlks.
Does anyone have the lyrics for this Ashley Hutchings song which appeared on "Albion Heart" a few years ago?

brad.


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Subject: Lyr Add: APPALACHIAN FRONT PORCH GAME (Hutchings)
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 23 Dec 04 - 07:48 PM

Rather spookily I've just come back from seeing AH, and there's this request posted. Here are the words.

Mick



THE APPALACHIAN FRONT PORCH GAME
(Asheley Hutchings)

Back in Nineteen-Hundred and Seventeen
A pair of lonely figures in the creek were seen,
And one was under a hat of straw
But nothing like the Panama the cotton-planters wore,
And the one beside him wore a long white shirt
And her dainty little fingers held it up from the dirt,
For the path was ended but the creek was dry
When this couple came a-calling in the mountains high.

  Chorus:
  Come the raw and ragged come the lithe and lame
  Nearly every Appalachian played the front porch game.
  It was tell a story, scrape an old-time tune
  It was kiss and swing your partner by the light of the moon.


Some would rise to meet them from a front porch stool,
Some were sitting in a rocking chair or sat across a mule,
With a smile to greet them and an outstretched hand
And a 'Howdy' for the strangers from a foreign land.
And they sang of pirates and knights of yore,
Ballads that had travelled over centuries before,
And the settlers living in The Blue Ridge Hills
They had made the songs their own and they were singing them still. Chorus

O, the roads were rocky and the dust flew high
And the hot and dirty catkins were a home to the flies,
But the dogwood rose was the purest white
And the mountain top anona was a beautiful sight.
With a pad and pencil Mr. Sharp came by
And he gathered up his treasures in the wink of an eye.
There was half a ton of ballads and a bag of memories
They were carted back to England on the high and mighty seas. Chorusx2

Source: Albion Band


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game, A. H.
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Dec 04 - 08:13 PM

Nicely done!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game, A Hutchings
From: bradfordian
Date: 27 Dec 04 - 03:52 PM

2 hrs 15 mins after posting the query is promptly answered. Amazing!. And thank you very much.
Brad


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Subject: RE: Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game, A Hutchings
From: Willa
Date: 28 Dec 04 - 07:27 AM

Nice to 'see' you again, Bradfordian- thought you'd deserted us!
A Happy New Year to you.


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Subject: RE: Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game, A Hutchings
From: bradfordian
Date: 29 Dec 04 - 08:11 PM

Willa, yes I've been AWOL, but I like to keep coming back and havin' a little dip in to see how fowlks is doin'. And you, & Mrs Duck (& Ducklings -& Geoff) & Nutty & Noreen et al are never far from my mind. I'm pleased you remember me Willa, for I certainly remember your wonderful rendition of "Until the Dark Time Ends".

But I digress (tho the pleasantries are nice). I have just a couple of queries about the words of the song. I thought its worth while getting it verified by the knowledgable fowlks in Mudcat before I got too far with it.

Question. Are the words from a written source or as heard from a recording?
I ask because there may be a couple of very tiny things awry.
1. V1 line 5. And the one beside him (Maude Keeples?) wore a long white SHIRT or SKIRT?
2. V3 line 2. hot and dirty CATKINS or CABINS (perhaps)?
3. V3 line 4. And the mountain top ANONA or (perhaps) MAGNOLIA(?) was a beatiful sight.
Cheers Brad.


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Subject: RE: Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game, A Hutchings
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 30 Dec 04 - 03:48 AM

It was from a recording and I made the transcript a long time ago. The catkins and anona (it's a flower) I'm sure are right. On skirt/shirt, my transcript show shirt and that's something I would have paid attention to when doing it for the same reasons you are. I obviously decided the word was shirt, but I could of course be wrong. And I haven't got the recording any longer, so maybe someone else could verify it.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game, A Hutchings
From: DMcG
Date: 30 Dec 04 - 06:03 AM

Listening to the version on "As I Cycled Out on a May Morning", I would say the word is 'skirt', rather than 'shirt' - but it is not very distinct.


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Subject: RE: Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game, A Hutchings
From: DMcG
Date: 30 Dec 04 - 06:05 AM

And I would also tend towards 'hot and dirty cabins' and 'mountain top magnolias' as the words in that recording ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game (Hutchings
From: GUEST,nina
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 06:18 AM

been hunting for these words for a while, really pleased to find them. When I first heard this song (a few weeks ago) I just had to get up and dance around the room. Lookink forward to learning, singing and sharing it with my friends.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Appalachian Front-Porch Game (Hutchings
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 04:51 AM

Amazing, that the song should be about cecil sharp & the difficulties of collecting lyrics. now one posts an on-line query, and lyrics there in 2 hours.

ta

richard in Oz


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