Deep Woods Revival

by Red Yarn

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'Deep Woods Revival' is Red Yarn's second album, the follow-up (and prequel) to his 2013 debut album, 'The Deep Woods.' He delves deeper into the American folk canon, weaving an original narrative and lyrics into traditional animal folksongs. The album is divided into two parts: tracks 1-8 are "For Everyone" while tracks 9-14 are "For Brave Kids & Grown-Ups."

Recorded at Type Foundry Studios with renowned producer Adam Selzer, a band of local luminaries, and a choir of friends, Deep Woods Revival is a lush and lively folk-rock song cycle about childhood freedom and discovery in the wilderness.

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released June 23, 2015

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Red Yarn Portland, Oregon

Red Yarn is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs & puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.

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Track Name: Bile Them Cabbage
Raccoon’s got a bushy tail
Possum’s tail is bare
Rabbit’s got no tail at all
Just a little bunch of hair

Possum up the simmon tree
Raccoon on the ground
Raccoon says to possum
“Won’t you shake those simmons down?”

Bile them cabbage down, down
Turn that hoecake round, round
The only song that I can sing is
“Bile Them Cabbage Down”

Possum up the gumstump
Raccoon in the holler
Rabbit in the cabbage patch
Just as fat as he can wallow

Raccoon and possum
Raking cross the prairie
Raccoon says to possum
“Hey man, do you want to marry?”

Bile them cabbage down…
Track Name: Skip to My Lou
One, two, skip to my Lou
One, two, skip to my Lou
One, two, skip to my Lou
Skip to my Lou, my darling…

Lost my partner, what’ll I do…
Skip to my Lou, my darling

I’ll find another one, anyone’ll do…
Skip to my Lou, my darling

The animals are lining up two by two
The animals are lining up two by two
Cuz the flood is coming
Whatcha gonna do?
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Everybody’s piling in my old canoe
Everybody’s piling in my old canoe
It ain’t no ark but it’s gonna have to do
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Lost my partner, what’ll I do…

Flies in the buttermilk, shoo fly shoo
Rats in the breadtray, chew chew chew
The rooster’s crowing cock-a-doodle-doo
Skip to my Lou, my darling

The sky is falling, whatcha gonna do?
Clouds all turning black and blue
There’s a hole in the ceiling
The water’s coming through
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Lost my partner, what’ll I do…

One, two, skip to my Lou…
Track Name: Jig Along Home
I went to the dance and the animals come
The jaybird danced with horseshoes on
Grasshopper danced till he fell on the floor
Jigalong, jigalong, jigalong home

Jig jiga jig jiga jigalong home
Jig jiga jig jiga jigalong home
Jig along, jig along, jig along home
Jig jiga jig jiga jigalong home

Mama rat took off her hat
Shook the house with the old tom cat
The alligator beat his tail on the drum
Jigalong, jigalong, jigalong home

Jig jiga jig jiga jigalong home…

Fishing worm danced the fishing reel
Lobster danced on the peacock’s tail
Baboon danced with the rising moon
Jigalong, jigalong, jigalong home

Jig jiga jig jiga jigalong home…

The boards did rattle and the house did shake
The clouds did laugh and the world did quake
New moon rattled some silver spoons
Jigalong, jigalong, jigalong home

Jig jiga jig jiga jigalong home…
Track Name: Old Molly Hare
Old Molly Hare, whatcha doing there?
Standing up, stretching out, jumping in the air

Old Molly Hare, whatcha doing there?
Running through the cotton patch, fast I can tear

Old Molly Hare, whatcha doing there?
Hopping up and down just as quickly as I dare
Hopping up and down like a rabbit in the air

Old Molly Hare, whatcha doing there?
Dancing all around without a worry or a care

Shack-a-lack-a, shack-a-lack-a
Shack-a-lack-a shay
Shack-a-lack-a, shack-a-lack-a
Shack-a-lack-a shay…
Track Name: Mole in the Ground
I wish I was a mole in the ground
Oh I wish I was a mole in the ground
If I was a mole in the ground
I’d root this mountain down
I wish I was a mole in the ground

I wish I was a lizard in the spring
Oh I wish I was a lizard in the spring
If I was a lizard in the spring
I’d hear my darling sing
I wish I was a lizard in the spring

I wish I was a squirrel in an Oak
Oh I wish I was a squirrel in an Oak
If I was a squirrel in an Oak
I’d tremble when She spoke
I wish I was a squirrel in an Oak

I wish I was an eagle in the sky…
I wish I was an eagle in the sky…
If I was an eagle in the sky
I’d touch the Sun I’d fly so high
I wish I was an eagle in the sky

I wish for you to be just who you are
Oh I wish for you to be just who you are
If you could be just who you are
You could shine up with the stars
I wish for you to be just who you are

I wish I was a mole in the ground…
Track Name: Groundhog
Shoulder up your rope and whistle up your dog
Shoulder up your rope and whistle up your dog
We’re going to the woods to catch a groundhog
Oh, groundhog!

Two in a hole and one on a log
Two in a hole and one on a log
Two for my sugar baby, one for my dog
Oh, groundhog!

Chase em down children as fast as you can
Chase em down children just as fast as you can
She finds a little tunnel and shoots right in
Oh, groundhog!

Reach on in and grab her by the tail
Reach on in and grab her by the tail
Throw that groundhog in your lunch pail
Oh, groundhog!

How the little children all whooped and cried
How the little children all whooped and cried
They love that groundhog stewed and fried
Oh groundhog!

Eat up the meat and save the hide
You eat up the meat and you save the hide
Best darn shoestring ever was tied
Oh, groundhog

Gather round children, have a little dance
Gather round children and have a little dance
Careful not to dance a hole in your pants
Oh, groundhog!

Shoulder up your rope and whistle up your dog
Shoulder up your rope and whistle up your dog
We’re going back out for more groundhog
Oh, groundhog!
Oh, groundhog!
Oh, groundhog!
Track Name: Ain't Gonna Rain
Ain’t gonna rain
Ain’t gonna snow
Ain’t gonna rain no more
Cheer up everybody for
It ain’t gonna rain no more…

Old cow died at the fork of the branch
Ain’t gonna rain no more
The buzzards had a public dance
Ain’t gonna rain no more

What did the Oak Tree say to the crow?
Ain’t gonna rain no more
Floods they come and floods they go
Ain’t gonna rain no more

Ain’t gonna rain…

Rabbit ate my turnip top
Ain’t gonna rain no more
Off he ran with a hippity hop
Ain’t gonna rain no more

Rabbit read that rainbow sign
Ain’t gonna rain no more
No more water just fire next time
Ain’t gonna rain no more

Ain’t gonna rain…
Track Name: Buckeye Jim
Way up yonder above the sky
A bluebird lived in a jaybird’s eye
Buckeye Jim, you can’t go
Go weave and spin, you can’t go
Buckeye Jim

Way up yonder above the moon
A bluejay nest in a silver spoon
Buckeye Jim…

Way down yonder in a wooden trough
An old sow died of the whooping cough
Buckeye Jim…

Way down yonder in a hollow log
A red bird danced with a green bullfrog
Buckeye Jim…

Way down yonder below the sky
A baby shone in his daddy’s eye
Buckeye Jim…

Buckeye Jim, Buckeye Jim…
Track Name: Deep Woods Revival
When I was just a little boy
With green and blue eyes shining bright
Looking for some fun, I grabbed my BB gun
And snuck out of the house late one night

I crept to the edge of my grandparents’ farm
And crawled through that hole in the fence
Started running through the trees
Like an animal set free
Bursting my every little sense

I thought I heard somebody singing
So I chased that faint sound through the night
I stumbled and I fell and I tumbled down a hill
Into the clearing where I saw the light

A circle of torches was burning
Round a tent made of Grandma’s old sheets
By the light of the fire I saw an animal choir
All raising their paws to the trees

And all the critters stand up
And put their hands up
Then they sing the chorus
Shouting, “Praise the Forest”
Well they jumped and pranced
And did that wild old dance
At the Deep Woods Revival
Deep Woods Revival

A turtle was preaching the sermon
A rabbit was leading the band
All the sparrows and pigeons
Hot with old time religion
Were flapping their wings like paper fans

A possum was pumping the organ
A raccoon shook a tambourine
A grizzled old bear just grumbled out a prayer
The holiest thing I ever seen

I stepped on a twig and they heard me
A hundred wild eyes pierced my soul
A noise escaped my lungs
And they thought I was speaking tongues
So they invited me into the fold

And everybody stands up…

Never in my life would I raise another rifle
I felt so full of life
At the Deep Woods Revival that night
Track Name: Animal Fair
I went to the animal fair
The birds and the beasts were there
The old raccoon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair

My hound dog chased the skunk
She sprayed him and man it stunk
Which woke up the bear who went on a tear
And chased us up the Oak Tree trunk

The party went all night
Scattered at the sun’s first light
My granddaddy had to come and drag me away
To make me go home
Don’t make me go home
This is best trip I’ve ever been on
Cuz this is the wildest I ever have gone
Track Name: Crosseyed Gopher
Hey, cross-eyed gopher
Tickle his ribs and he’ll turn over
Hey, cross-eyed gopher
Tickle his ribs and he’ll turn over
Oh hey, cross-eyed gopher
Please pray your time ain’t over

Hey, buckeye rabbit
Anything you want you up and grab it
Hey, buckeye rabbit
Anything you want you up and grab it
Oh hey, buckeye rabbit
Someday you’ll kick that habit

Hey, sad-eyed hound dog
Took him to the woods
And he killed a groundhog
Hey, sad-eyed hound dog
Took him to the woods
And he killed a groundhog
Oh hey, sad-eyed hound dog
Please stay, you lost and found dog

Hey, one-eyed Jack
Lost my luck won’t you bring it back now
Hey, one-eyed Jack
Lost my luck won’t you bring it back now
Oh Jack, I ain’t joking
I’m cracked but I ain’t broken

Hey, cross-eyed gopher
Keep on laughing until it’s over
Hey, buckeye rabbit
I’m gonna help you kick that habit
Hey, sad-eyed hound dog
Say a little prayer while I bury this groundhog
Hey, one-eyed Jack
I think I feel my luck just bubbling back
Hey, cross-eyed gopher
Please pray your time ain’t over

Hey, cross-eyed gopher
Tickle his ribs and he’ll turn over
Track Name: Grizzly Bear
Gonna tell you little story about (grizzly bear)
A scary little story about (grizzly bear)
Be careful when you’re going out (grizzly bear)
For the nefarious, notorious grizzly bear

One day I went walking out
Through the woods I was rambling round
I was scrambling up and ambling down
When I saw a great big grizzly, grizzly bear

He was 10 foot tall
He had razor sharp claws
Blood was dripping from his jaws
He was a great big grizzly, grizzly bear

He was wobbling and squabbling
Stomping and chomping
Walking and talking bad
He was a whoa-oh-oh-oh grizzly bear

Great big grizzly, grizzly bear
Great big grizzly, grizzly bear
Great big grizzly, grizzly bear
Great big grizzly, grizzly bear

I tried to hide but he spied me
In a flash he was beside me
Well, he looked me in the eyes
He said, “You better say goodbye, boy”

I was frozen in my tracks
I started slowly creeping back
I spun and tore off in a flash
With him racing and chasing me, grizzly bear

Great big grizzly, grizzly bear…

If you see the great bear coming
You best be swiftly running
Climb a tree, in your pants you’ll pee
But just let him be…
Whoa-oh-oh-oh grizzly bear!
Track Name: Sourwood Mountain
Chickens are crowing on Sourwood Mountain
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
Leash the dogs and we’ll go hunting
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day

Granddaddy says, “Boy get your gun now”
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
“We’ll bag a little game
I’ll show you how it’s done now”
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day

Jaybird sitting on a hickory limb now
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
I got my sights right set on him now
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day

Pull to the right cuz I don’t wanna get him
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
But I squeeze the trigger tight
And my bullet hits him
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day

My heart is beating like a big old drum now
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
I hope the Oak will forgive me somehow
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day

Dig a little hole up on Sourwood Mountain
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
So many miracles, I can’t count them all
Two-three-on-deedle-um-day

Chickens are crowing on Sourwood Mountain
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
I ain’t getting up and I ain’t going hunting
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
Ho-dee-ing-dong-deedle-um-day
Track Name: The Bullfrog
Well, my bullfrog jumped
In the middle of the spring
I ain’t gonna weep no more
I held him tight but he slipped my cling
I ain’t gonna weep no more

So I went fishing at the catfish hole
I ain’t gonna weep no more
But the catfish snapped and he broke my pole
I ain’t gonna weep no more

Fare thee well, my children
I’ll join that heavenly band
Where there ain’t any weeping any more
Fare thee well, my children
I’ll join that heavenly band
Where there ain’t any weeping any more

La la la la la la la la la la
I ain’t gonna weep no more…

Well, my grandpa died when I was nine
I ached and I weeped and moaned
My heart was heavy while the sun did shine
But I ached and I weeped and moaned

When the bullfrog jumps
In the middle of the spring
I ain’t gonna weep no more
Just let him go, smile and sing
“I ain’t gonna weep no more”

Fare thee well, my children…