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American Ballads and Folk Songs
ence go away from any entertainment better pleased than were the citizens of the town of Salem, were they guests, travellers or waggoners, when was played, in this simple and country style, the drama of "The Arkansas Traveller."
"This song belongs to an endless number of what may be termed fiddle and banjo songs. 'Groun' Hog* rises to epic heights, magnifi­cently outdistancing cSir Lionel,' or 'Bangum and the Boar'! But in this case, the poor woodchuck is more sinned against than sinning, the mighty highland Nimrods being the aggressors. Sung by Tom Kelley and Dan Gibson, two singers and banjo pickers, at Hindman, Ken­tucky, 1915."—Josiah Combs, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.
Old Joe Digger, Sam, and Dave, [Repeat] They went a-hog-huntin* hard as they could stave. Ground hog!
Whistle up ye dog and loaden up ye gun, Away to the hills to have some fun.
Too many rocks and too many logs, Too many rocks to ketch groun' hogs.
* Tune from Volume II of Sharp*s English Folk-Songs fr$m the Southern Appalachians.