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RATTLIN' BOG, THE. AKA – "Bog Down in the Valley (The)." Irish, Polka: English, Morris Dance Tune (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune belongs to a group of songs widely known under a variety of titles sung to various melodies; the unifying factor is the form of the song in which an additional item is added at the end of a ever-growing number of items each time the tune is repeated. Malcolm Douglas identified the song family as "The Tree in the Wood or The Everlasting Circle," including the Welsh "Y Pren ar y Bryn" (The Tree on the Hill). There are some similarities between this tune and the Scots melody “John McAlpin(e).” The tune is used for a polka step in the North-West (England) morris dance tradition, and is included as the second figure of the set dance "Siege of Ennis (2) (The)."