Raccoon's Tail is Ringed all around (The)

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RACCOON’S TAIL IS RINGED ALL AROUND. Old-Time, Breakdown. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The title is from a floating verse that appears in a number of old-time song, play-party songs and breakdown ditties, that usually goes:

The raccoon's tail is ringed all around,
The possum's tail is bare;
The rabbit, has no tail at all,
But a little bunch of hair.

I appears, for example, in the songs "Old Napper" AKA "Napper," "Poor Old Napper," "The Racoon's Tail," "Kitty, Cain't You Come Along Too?," "The Racoon has a Bushy Tail," "The Old Raccoon," "I went to my sweetheart's house," and Vance Randolph's Ozarks collected "My Gal Ain't got no Tail" [1] (from Unprintable Ozark Folksongs and Folklore: Roll me in your arms, Volume 1).

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Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Bittersweet Records, “Music of the Ozarks IV: More Old-Time Fiddle Tunes.”




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