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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleJohn Peel
Roud No.1239
Collected FromAcott, Charles
LocationMersey Hampton
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 118
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 5th August, 1916, p 3, Part 40, No. 5: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 56
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

You remind John Peel in the days gone by,
How he cheered on his hounds with a jovial cry;
How he cheered on his hounds with a jovial cry;
With his horn sounding shrill in the morning?

Verse 2

Right fearless he rode, like a brave man and true,
With his hounds on ahead, and the fox in full view,
While the green valleys rang with his loud Whoop! Halloo!
And the blast of his horn in the morning.

Verse 3

Then away, yes, away through the green gorse and dell,
John Peel was the foremost, and Reynard could tell;
John Peel was the foremost, and Reynard could tell;
With his horn sounding shrill in the morning.

Verse 4

A bumper, a bumper, we'll give him his claim,
We'll drink to his health, and the shrine of his fame;
Long live John Peel! And remember his name.
And his horn sounding shrill in the morning.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'It is not generally known that the favourite song, 'D'ye ken John Peel' is not an original composition, but was founded on an earlier copy, which is given below. I am not sure as to its positive correctness; I give it as I heard it sung by the old villagers. Words supplied by Charles Acott, Mersey Hampton.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'It is not generally known that the favourite song, 'D'ye ken John Peel' is not an original composition, but was founded on an earlier copy, which is given below. The piece is often met with in the Thames Vale. Words supplied by Charles Acott, Mersey Hampton.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'Perhaps the original of D'ye ken John Peel' The piece is often met with in the Thames Vale. Words supplied by Charles Acott, Mersey Hampton.

Note 2

The text printed in both WGS and FSUT follows which differs from the Ms. Here Verse 2 is used as a chorus and there are textual differences.

Verse 1

D'ye mind John Peel in the days gone by,
How he cheered on his hounds with his jovial cry;
And the blast of his horn echoed loudly and high
As it rang o'er the fields in the morning?

Chorus

Right fearless he rode, like a brave man and true,
With his hounds on ahead, and the fox full in view;
While the green valleys rang with his loud Whoop! halloo!
And the blast of his horn in the morning.

Verse 2

Then away, through the gorse, brake, o'er moorland and fell,
O'er swift rolling rivers, and deep craggy dell;
John Peel was the foremost - that Reynard could tell -
With his horn sounding shrill in the morning.

Chorus

Verse 3

Oh, blithe was his heart when the death drew nigh,
And cheery the glance of his bright blue eye,
As he bore off the brush, and waved it on high,
With his horn sounding shrill in the morning.

Chorus

Verse 4

Then a bumper, a bumper, we'll swell in acclaim,
And drain it with pride at the shrine of his fame;
For long may each huntsman remember his name,
And the blast of his horn in the morning.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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