Posted by Mainefiddlehead on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Squirrel’s got a bushy tail, rabbit’s got the hair, The old coon’s tail has rings all around, but the possum’s tail is bare.
Oh the possum’s tail is bare, oh, the possum’s tail is bare,
The old coon’s tail has rings all around, but the possum’s tail is bare.
Take an old possum by the tail, then we’ll skin him on a rail, Never ever more will he be seen, grinning at the moon.
Grinnnin’ at the moon, grinning at the moon,
Never ever more will he be seen, grinning at the moon. (Melvin Wine)
From West Virginia in the key of D and can work in DDAD
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @5:05:55 PM
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @6:19:44 AM
Nile Wilson plays a tune called Raccoon Tail with the Rings All Around. It's the same tune as Shelby's Mule, Waiting For the Federals, Seneca Square Dance etc.
On his CD, Tie Hacker Hoe-down, he relates that his grandfather used to sing the words to this tune: "Raccoon tail with the rings all around, the possum's tail is bare, but a rabbit has no tail at all but a little bitty bunch of hair."
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @10:03:40 AM
I believe the Melvin Wine version although in D, is closely related to
" Possum on a rail " from Alabama, which is in G . Have a listen to them and compare.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 @8:30:55 PM
Hey, Cody... they're playing this tune in Oz. It's posted on my Yarra 09 page at http://tunes.fiddlejammer.com/yarra09.html
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