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  • The Old Dun Cow Caught Fire

    Sue Rogers posted on March 03, 2018 07:16

    Thanks to Kat Summerbell and Hedra Pink for sending this song suggestion! YOU CAN PLAY ALONG IN THE SAME KEY AS THE 1ST VIDEO IN GCEA TUNING, using the (Am) songsheet and putting your capo on the 2nd fret. I've based the song sheet mainly on the Stanley Kennedy version, but added an additional verse at the end. As well I've combined aspects of both the 1st and 2nd videos, as well as others, to emphasize the comedic pub sing-a-long aspects of the song. You find lots of variations between versions. You'll notice that the (Dm) sheet uses and [A] and [A7]. For simplicity in the (Am) sheet, which is likely the one that we'll use on BUG night this time round, I've used [E7] throughout.

    The Old Dun Cow Caught Fire is a music hall song written by Harry Wincott in 1893 (oft described as the "King of Comic Song") who wrote many famous tunes but was paid so little for his work that he died a poor man in 1947 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Yeovil. His most prolific period was between 1890 and 1920, and included many other famous tunes such as "All on the fidgety fudge", "Mademoiselle from Armentieres", "Any Old Iron", "How's Your Father?" and "Boiled Beef and Carrots". Even though "When The Old Dun Cow Caught Fire" was tremendously popular since its introduction and sold more than 250,000 copies during his life, Harry (born Alfred James Walden in 1867) was only paid one guinea for this hit song. After a Yeovil Newpaper article about him in 2004, he has recently received renewed attention and admiration, and his gravesite has been honored with a new memorial marker. Also of interest in this song is the substitution of the word "McIntyre" that the audience yells instead of "fire", since it was illegal to yell "fire" in public in the London of the 1890s. One of the artists that he regularly wrote for was Harry Champion, born William Henry Crump, of whom he was a great friend.Harry Champion recorded the song in 1911.

    ~~~ChordPro Version UPDATED March 15, 2018 CEL~~~

    A video for this song:

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