D'ye Ken John Peel?
DESCRIPTION: "Do ye ken John Peel with his coat so gray? Do ye ken John Peel at the break of day?" The singer talks of Peel's frequent hunting expeditions, detailing even his hounds. The singer will "follow John Peel through fair and through foul"
AUTHOR: Words: John Woodcock Graves / Music: Traditional
EARLIEST DATE: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay)
KEYWORDS: hunting dog
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North,South)) US(MW)
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Stokoe/Reay, pp. 108-109, "D'ye Ken John Peel?" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Thames, p. 56, "John Peel" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 118)
Stout 11, p. 21, "John Peel" (1 fragment)
Fireside, p. 92, "John Peel" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 208, "John Peel" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #143, "John Peel" (1 text)
cf. "The Horn of the Hunter" (subject)
NOTES: Written by Graves to celebrate his friend John Peel. The tune is said to be "Bonnie Annie."
John Peel is not to be confused with the prime minister Sir Robert Peel (who created the "Peelers"). Born in 1776, John Peel lived until 1854, and "for over 40 years ran the famous pack of hounds that bore his name."
According to Stokoe, Graves (1795-1886) wrote the song while in the company of Peel. This would date the song before 1833, in which year Graves emigrated to Tasmania. - RBW
Williams-Thames claims his is "perhaps the original of 'D'ye ken John Peel." The texts are similar and the tune is probably the same. The first line is "D'ye mind John Peel in the days gone by" and the last line of the chorus and each verse is a variation on "the blast of his horn in the morning." - BS
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