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The Ground Hog
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"Whistle Pig." Obtained from C. L. Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July 13, 1930.
1. Blow your horn and call your dogs; Blow your horn and call your dogs;
We'll go to the back woods and catch a ground hog. Tam-a rig-tail fodi dink di-de-o.
2.  Treed him in a rock; treed him in a log; Treed him in a rock; treed him in a log; Dagon, boys, what a big ground hog! Tam-a rig-tail fodi dink di-de-o.
3. He jumped out and started to run; He jumped out and started to run; Bet I get him with my old gun. Tam-a rig-tail fodi dink di-de-o.
4.  Skin that whistle pig; save the hide; Skin that whistle pig; save the hide; Makes the best shoe strings ever I tied. Tam-a rig-tail fodi dink di-de-o.
5.  Take that ground hog; put him on to bile; Take that ground hog; put him on to bile; Bet, by jinks, you could smell him a mile. Tam-a rig-tail fodi dink di-de-o.
6.  Up come Vester from the plow; Up come Vester from the plow;
I want some whistle pig; I want it now. Tam-a rig-tail fodi dink di-de-o.
7.  Up come Grace with a snigger and a grin; Up come Grace with a snigger and a grin; Ground hog gravy all over her chin. Tam-a rig-tail fodi dink di-de-o.
8.  Up come Cloe happy as a cane; Up come Cloe happy as a cane; Swan she'd eat them red hot brains. Tam-a rig-tail fodi dink di-de-o.
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