Frost's on the Pumpkin and the Fodder's in the Shock (The)
FROST'S ON THE PUMPKIN AND THE FODDER'S IN THE SHOCK, THE. AKA and see "Good Lager Beer," "Sweet Potato Pie" (Pa.). American, Schottische. USA, southwestern Pa. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A schottische arrangement of a Scotch tune, one of whose other descendents is the Irish "Wearing of the Green." The original name for the tune, as outlined by Ms. Anne Gilchrist (Southern Folklore Quarterly, X, 119-126), was "Tulip (The)," a march composed by James Oswald and published in his Airs for the Spring, c. 1747. "The Tulip" gave rise to a morris dance tune called "Balance the Straw (1)," and a camp-meeting spiritual called "We Are Coming Father Abraham" (see also the spiritual "Band of Freeman"). Also in the morris dance tradition and stemming from "The Tulip" is "Lads a Bunchum," which Bayard (1981) takes as a corruption of "Laudnam Bunches" (Laudnam was an opiate).
Source for notated version: Henry Bryner (elderly fiddler from Fayette County, Pa., 1944) [Bayard].
Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 421B, pp. 398-399.