Bear Chase, The
DESCRIPTION: Hunters and dogs go out to hunt the (bear/deer). Most of the song is about the activities of the dogs. Chorus: "Way, away, We're bound for the mountain (x3), Over the hills, The fields and the fountains, Away to the chase, Away!"
EARLIEST DATE: 1922 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: dog hunting animal
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
BrownIII 219, "The Wild Ashe Deer" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV 219, "The Wild Ashe Deer" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
Lomax-FSNA 81, "The Deer Chase" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 741, "Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pete Seeger, "Bear Chase" (on PeteSeeger09, Pete SeegerCD02)
cf. "The Fox Chase (I)" (theme, form)
NOTES [78 words]: The text in Brown is noticeably literary, and the notes mention a printed song, "The Wild Ashe Deer," from 1854. Whether the traditional song derives from the printed version, or the printed version was taken from tradition and "improved," is by no means clear.
It appears, however, that "The Wild Ashe Deer" was a school song; there is a listing on p. 179 of WolfAmericanSongSheets, which says that it was "Revised and printed expressly for the Public Schools." - RBW
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