Boil The Cabbage Down reel

Also known as Bake Them Hoecakes Brown, Bake Those Hoe Cakes Brown, Bile ‘em Cabbage Down, Bile ‘em Cabbages Down, Bile Dat Cabbage Down, Bile Dat Cabbages Down, Bile Dem Cabbage Down, Bile Dem Cabbages Down, Bile That Cabbage Down, Bile That Cabbages Down, Bile The Cabbage Down, Bile The Cabbages Down, Bile Them Cabbage Down, Bile Them Cabbages Down, Boil ‘em Cabbage Down, Boil ‘em Cabbages Down, Boil Dat Cabbage Down, Boil Dat Cabbages Down, Boil Dem Cabbage Down, Boil Dem Cabbages Down, Boil That Cabbage Down, Boil That Cabbages Down, Boil The Cabbages Down, Boil Them Cabbage Down, Boil Them Cabbages Down, Carve Dat Possum, Carve Dat Possum Pie, Possum Pie.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

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Boil The Cabbage Down has been added to 76 tunebooks.

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T: Boil The Cabbage Down
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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T: Boil The Cabbage Down
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M: 4/4
L: 1/8
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T: Boil The Cabbage Down
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Boil the Cabbage Down

This reel or(breakdown) is on our first c.d."Take To The Floor"
by Haste To The Wedding.We used this tune in
a dance called The Virginia Reel.
We would play this for dancers at our Ceilidhs.
I would like to thank ceolachan for, working hard
on this transcrpition with us.
jim.

“Boil that Cabbage Down”

~ with ham, seasoning and a pinch of soda…

Or why not pickle it? ~ make sauerkraut? 😎

Ceol - are you messing around with the "other names"? That is very naughty! It is beginning to look like rap lyrics.

😏

“Bile Dem Cabbage Down” ~ lyrics

These are from the Lomax collction "Folk Songs of North America" and were
collected by and from Peggy Seeger. As often happens, some lyrics do other duty finding a place in other melodies and songs, such as "Old Joe Clark"…
duty here and can be found used for other melodies/song, like for "Old Joe
Clark"…

1.) Went up on the mountain
Just to give my horn a blow
Thought I heard my true love say
Yonder comes my beau

Chorus:
Bile dem cabbage down
Turn dem hoecakes round
The only song that I can sing
Is bile dem cabbage down

2.) Took my gal to the blacksmith shop
To have her mouth made small
She turned around a time or two
And swallowed shop and all

Chorus:

3.) Possum in a ‘simmon tree
Raccoon on the ground
Raccoon says you son-of-a-gun
Shake some ‘simmons down

Chorus:

4.) Someone stole my old ‘coon dog
Wish they’d bring him back
He chased the big hogs through the fence
And the little ones through the crack

Chorus:

5.) Met a possum in the road
Blind as he could be
Jumped the fence and whipped my dog
And bristled up at me

Chorus:

6.) Once I had an old gray mule
His name was Simon Slick
He’d roll his eyes and back his ears
And how that mule would kick

Chorus:

7.) How that mule would kick
He kicked with his dying breath
He shoved his hind feet down his throat
And kicked himself to death

Chorus:

8.)Raccoon has a bushy tail,
Possum’s tail is bare,
Rabbit’s got no tail at all
But a little bunch of hair.

Chorus:

9.) Raccoon and the possum
Rackin’ cross the prairie,
Raccoon ax the possum
Did she want to marry?

Chorus:

10.) Possum is a cunning thing,
He travels in the dark,
And never thinks to curl his tail
Till he hears old Rover bark.

Chorus:

11.) Possum up a ‘simmon tree
Raccoon on the ground
Raccoon says to the possum,
Won’t you shake them ‘simmons down?

Chorus:

12.) Jaybird died with the whoopin’ cough,
Sparrow died with the colic.
Along come the frog with a fiddle on his back,
Inquirin’ his way to the frolic.

Chorus:

All those cabbages ~

Alarum, there is cause for, all that cabbage in the world, from the wee brussel sprout to monster ones that win fairs to ones that look like flowers and are used for decoration. And, that isn’t even a start, what about all those things that hanker after it besides us ~ like one of the most numerous species of winged bugs ~ the cabbage moth and it’s green wriggly minions that riddle the poor plants with holes and leave their green turds behind…

And what about the possible side-effects? ~ 😎

Possum pie anyone?

Nope, didn’t understand a word of that!

“Boil/Bile that/Dat/Dem Cabbage Down” ~ more lyrics

Appalachia Music Blogger — Henry Queen
http://henryqueen.blogspot.com/
"Boil the Cabbage Down"
http://henryqueen.blogspot.com/2005/04/boil-cabbage-down-traditional-folk.html

Boil the cabbage down,
stir’em round and round
Come on girls, now dont be slow
But, Boil them cabbage down.

Raccoon on the rail fence,
waitin for the sun
Long eared hounds coming down the road
Old racoon better run.

Boil them cabbage down,
stir’em up and down
Hurry up liza, now dont be slow
Said, boil them cabbage down.

She cut across the broom sage field,
I come down the lane
Run my finger through the crack of the fence
Up jumped liza jane.

Boil the cabbage down,
stir’em round and round
Get up gals, and dont be slow
Said, bile them cabbage down.

& MORE ~

Go bile dem cabbage down,
And turn dat hoecake ‘round,
Cook it done an’ brown.

Yes, Gwineter have sweet taters too,
Hain’t had none since las’ Fall,
Gwineter eat ‘em skins an’ all.

& MORE (Buck Owens) ~

1. Raccoon up the ‘simmon tree,
‘Possum up the gum.
Never did see a pretty girl,
But what I love her some.

chorus:
Bile them cabbage down, boys,
Bake those hot cakes brown, boys.
The only song that I can sing,
Is bile them cabbage down.

2. Raccoon up the ‘simmon tree,
‘Possum on the ground.
‘Possum said to the ‘coon
Shake some ‘simmons down.

chorus:
Bile them cabbage down, boys,
Bake those hot cakes brown, boys.
The only song that I can sing,
Is bile them cabbage down.

& MORE ~

1.) Went up on the mountain
And I give my horn a blow;
Thought I heard my true love say,
"Yonder comes my beau!"

Chorus:
Bile dat cabbage down
Bake dat hoe-cake brown
Craziest song I ever heard,
Bile dat cabbage down.

2.) Took my gal to the blacksmith shop
To have her mouth made small;
She turned around a time or two
And swallowed shop and all.

Chorus:

3.) Possum in a ‘simmon tree,
Raccoon on the ground,
Raccoon says, "You son-of-a-gun,
Shake some ‘simmons down!"

Chorus:

4.) Someone stole my hunting dog,
Wish they’d bring him back,
He chased the big hogs through the fence
And the little ones through the crack.

Chorus:

5.) Met a possum in the road,
Blind as he could be,
Jumped the fence and whipped my dog
And bristled up at me.

Chorus:

6.) Once I had an old gray mule,
His name was Simon Slick,
He’d roll his eyes and back his ears,
And how that mule would kick!

Chorus:

7.) There’s gold up in them there hills,
I know it for the truth,
For my gal fell up there
And lost her new front tooth.

Chorus:

Heh, heh, heh ~ 😉

Chorus: Boil them cabbage down,
Bake that hoecake brown.
The only song that I can sing
Is "Boil Them Cabbage Down."

Once I had an old gray horse;
Rode him down to town.
‘Fore I got my trading done,
The buzzards had him down.

(Chorus)

Wish I had a needle and thread,
As fine as I could sew.
I’d sew that girlie to my coat,
And down the road I’d go.

(Chorus)

Wisht I had a nickel,
Wisht I had a dime,
Wisht I had a pretty little girl
To love me all the time.

(Chorus)

SMILING POLLY. AKA and see "The Twin Sisters " "The Keel Row." English, Country Dance and
Air (2/4 time). F Major (Chappell): D Major (Kidson). Standard. AB (Chappell): AABB (Kidson).
Ralph Rinzler traces the Old Time tune "Bile Them Cabbage Down" to this tune (though
I think Kidson’s "The Wedding Ring " just as easily could be another of probably many
similar source tunes), which appeared in print in 1765 in Thompson’s 200 Country Dances
and/or Thompson’s Dances for 1763. Kidson (1890) points out the similarity of this tune
with "Yorkshire Lad," "The Dumb Glutton" and the more famous "Keel Row."

As I came thro’ Sandgate, thro’ Sandgate, thro’ Sandgate,
As I came thro’ Sandgate, I heard a lassie sing:
O weel may the keel row, the keel row, the keel row,
O weel may the kell row, that my laddie’s in.

Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), Vol. 2, 1859; pg. 185.
Kidson (Old English Country Dances), 1890; pg. 18.
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T:Smiling Polly
T:Keel Row
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L:1/8
S:Chappell – Popular Music of the Olden Time (1859)
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When I first started playing fiddle, this was the tune that my grandfather recommended that I learn, and very briefly demonstrated to me on the five string banjo. It is an "old time" tune but I don’t really know the origins. recordings of it are fairly common I think. Most of the people in the south eastern mountains of america are "Scotch Irish" having moved from Scotland, to Ulster, to Appalachia, but the fiddle traditions of other regions of america trace directly to Ireland, directly to Scotland, etc. Just the nature of the migrations of the people who preserved and still play and teach this tune points to there being no real strong evidence as to its origins, and it is likely someone in Appalachia, a musician, or two, being well versed in the ballad and fiddle tune tradition, just made it up.