The Deep Woods

by Red Yarn

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'The Deep Woods' is Red Yarn’s debut album, introducing him as a singular artist with a profound reverence for the folk tradition. In January 2013 he received a grant to record his folksong adaptations. He enlisted musician friends to fill out his basement Americana sound and hosted a Community Recording Session where 150 fans sang backing vocals. The result is a 12-song journey into the old, weird American woods, where all the critters of folklore live together. As the forest rings with American music of all eras—from banjos and fiddles to electric guitars and synthesizers—a strange animal world comes to life.

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released October 15, 2013

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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: The Deep Woods
The Deep Woods have magic
As thick as the air
If you open your heart up
Then here becomes there.

(Stomp, clap, stomp, clap…)

I’m goin down to meet my buddies
in the Deep Woods
If you’d like to come along
you know I really think you should
They’re having lots of fun out there
They’re all a-feelin good
All the little critters in the Deep Woods.

I was feelin kinda lost there in the forest
The shape of my spirit was the poorest
I was looking for some weird old holy chorus
To tangle in the briars of the Deep Woods

I’m goin down to meet my buddies
in the Deep Woods…

Well, I chased a little rabbit who was hopping
To the meadow where his buddies were a-boppin
They started up a band and it was rockin
All the little critters in the Deep Woods

I’m goin down to meet my buddies
in the Deep Woods…
Track Name: Bob the Rabbit
Well, Bob the Rabbit (yessir)
You got a mighty bad habit (yessir)
Gettin in my garden (yessir)
Eatin all my cabbage (yessir)
Gettin in my carrots (yessir)
My sweet potatoes (yessir)
Eatin all my lettuce (yessir)
My fresh tomatoes (yessir)

And if I live to see next fall
Well I ain’t gonna have no garden at all

Oh, Bob the Rabbit (yessir)
You got a mighty bad habit (yessir)
And if I catch you (yessir)
I’m gonna let you have it! (no sir!)
I’m gonna tie your feet up (no sir!)
You mean little sinner (no sir!)
And then I’m gonna have me (no sir!)
Some rabbit for dinner (no sir!)

And if I live to see next fall…

Hop, hop, do the rabbit rabbit hop…
Rabbit soup rabbit sop
Rabbit ate my turnip top
Rabbit hop rabbit jump
Rabbit hide behind a stump
Rabbit stop twelve o’clock
Get a rabbit with a rock
Rabbit’s mine rabbit’s skinned
Clean him off and bring him in
Rabbit’s on dance and whoop
We’re gonna have some rabbit soup…
Track Name: Old Blue
I had a dog and his name was Blue
I had a dog and his name was Blue
I had a dog and his name was Blue
And I bet you five dollars he’s a good dog too

Singin “Shaa Blue!
You’re a good dog you”

Well, me and Blue went out to hunt
Blue treed a possum in a hollow stump
That old Blue is a good old dog
Blue treed a possum in a hollow log

Singin…

(Howl, howl, roof roof roof roof…)

When old Blue died he died so hard
He shook a hole in my back yard
That old Blue died like a man
Now he’s treeing possums in the promised land

And I’m singin…
Track Name: Rattlesnake
Rattlesnake, oh rattlesnake
What makes your teeth so white?
I been at the bottom all my life
And I ain’t done nothin but bite…

Muskrat, oh muskrat
What makes you smell so bad?
I been at the bottom all my life
Mortified in my head…

Groundhog, oh groundhog
What makes your back so brown?
It’s a wonder I don’t smotherfy
Livin down in the ground…

Rooster, oh rooster
What makes your claws so hard?
I been scratchin the gravel all my life
It’s a wonder I ain’t tired…

Jaybird, oh jaybird
What makes you fly so high?
I been robbin your cornpatch all my life
It’s a wonder I don’t die…

Rattlesnake, oh rattlesnake…
Track Name: Buckeye Rabbit
I wanted sugar very much
I went to sugar town
I climbed up in that sugar tree
And I shook that sugar down

Buckeye rabbit, shoo-da
(No more shoo rab)
Buckeye rabbit, shoo rab
(No more blue rabbit)
Buckeye rabbit shoo shoo shoo
(No more shoo shoo shoo)
No more cruel rabbit jokes on you
(Once you tasted that sugar
Only sugar would do)
Track Name: The Fox
Well, Fox went out on a chilly night
He prayed for the moon to give him light
He had many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o
Many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o

He ran till he came to a great big bin
The ducks and the geese were put therein
He said, “A couple like you are gonna grease my chin
Before I leave this town-o, town-o, town-o
A couple of you are gonna grease my chin
Before I leave this town-o”

He grabbed the gray goose by the neck
Slung the little ones over his back
He didn't mind the quack, quack, quack
And the legs all danglin down-o, down-o, down-o
He didn't mind the quack, quack, quack
And the legs all danglin down-o

Old mother Flipper Flopper jumped out of bed
Out of the window she cocked her head
She cried, “John, John, the gray goose is gone
And the fox is on the town-o, town-o, town-o
John, John, the gray goose is gone
And the fox is on the town-o”

John, he ran to the top of the hill
He blew his horn, both loud and shrill
Fox he said, “I better flee with my kill
Or they'll soon be on my trail-o, trail-o, trail-o”
Fox he said, “I better flee with my kill
Or they'll soon be on my trail-o”

Well, he ran back home to his cozy den
There were his little ones, eight, nine, ten
They said, “Daddy, better go back again
‘Cause it must be a mighty fine town-o, town-o, town-o
Daddy, daddy, better go back again
‘Cause it must be a mighty fine town-o”

Fox and his wife without any strife
Cut up the goose with a fork and a knife
They never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones-o, bones-o, bones-o
They never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones-o

Fox went out on a chilly night
He prayed for the moon to give him light…

Let the midnight special shine a light on me
Let the midnight special shine a light on me
Let the midnight special shine a light on me
Let the midnight special shine its everloving light on me

Go tell Aunt Rhody
Go tell Aunt Rhody
Go tell Aunt Rhody
The old gray goose is dead
Track Name: Wake Snake
Wake snake
Day is breaking
Peas in the pot
And the hoecake’s bakin
Green corn
Green corn
Green corn…
Track Name: Turkey in the Straw
As I was goin down the road
A tired team and a heavy load
I cracked my whip and the leader sprung
I says “Day-day” to the wagon tongue

Turkey in the straw, haw haw haw
Turkey in the hay, hey hey hey
Roll em up and twist em up and high tuckahaw
And hit em up a tune called “Turkey in the Straw”

Well I went out to milk but I didn't know how
I milked a goat instead of a cow
A monkey sittin on a pile of straw
Just a-winkin at his mother-in-law

Turkey in the straw…

I met Mr. Catfish comin upstream
I says “Mr. Catfish, what do you mean?”
I caught Mr. Catfish by the snout
And I turned Mr. Catfish wrong side out

Turkey in the straw…

And I was going down that new cut road
I saw Mr. Bullfrog and I saw Miss Toad
And every time Miss Toad would sing
Old Bullfrog he cut a pigeon wing

Turkey in the straw…
Track Name: Mr. Rabbit
Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit
Why your ears so long?
Yes oh yes they were put on wrong
Every little soul is gonna shine, shine, shine
Every little soul is gonna shine, shine, shine

Oh Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit
Why’s your coat so gray?
Yes oh yes it was made that way
Every little soul is gonna shine, shine, shine…

Oh Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit
What do you eat?
Carrots and cabbage from my head to my feet
Every little soul is gonna shine, shine, shine…

Oh Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit
Where have you been?
Out all night in your heavenly garden
Every little soul is gonna shine, shine, shine…

Oh Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit
Why your eyes so red?
Yes oh yes I’m almost dead
Every little soul is gonna shine, shine, shine…
Track Name: Who Killed Poor Robin?
Who killed poor Robin?
Who killed poor Robin?
“I,” said the sparrow
“With my little bow and arrow
It was I, oh it was I”

Who caught his blood-o?
Who caught his blood-o?
“I,” said the fish
“With my little silver dish
It was I, oh it was I”

Who sewed his shroud-o?
Who sewed his shroud-o?
“I,” said the eagle
“With my little thread and needle
It was I, oh it was I”

Who made the coffin?
Who made the coffin?
“I,” said the quail
“With my hammer and my nail
It was I, oh it was I”

Who dug his grave-o?
Who dug his grave-o?
“I,” said the owl
“With my little wooden trowel
It was I, oh it was I”

Who lowered him down-o?
Who lowered him down-o?
“I,” said the crane
“With my little golden chain
It was I, oh it was I”

Who read the preachment?
Who read the preachment?
“I,” said the rook
“With my little holy book
It was I, oh it was I”

Who killed Cock Robin?
Track Name: Froggie Went A-Courtin'
Froggie went a-courtin and he did ride, a-huh, a-huh
Froggie went a-courtin and he did ride, a-huh, a-huh
Froggie went a-courtin and he did ride
A sword and pistol by his side, a-huh, a-huh, a-huh

Well he rode down to Miss Mousie's door, a-huh, a-huh
Where he had been many times been before, a-huh, a-huh
And he took Miss Mousie on his knee
And said, “Miss Mousie will you marry me?” A-huh, a-huh, a-huh

She said, “I'll have to ask my Uncle Rat, a-huh, a-huh
See what he will say to that, a-huh, a-huh
Without my Uncle Rat’s consent
I would not marry the president” A-huh, a-huh, a-huh

Well, Uncle Rat laughed and shook his fat sides, a-huh, a-huh
To think his niece would be a bride, a-huh, a-huh
Uncle Rat rode off to town
To buy his niece a wedding gown, a-huh, a-huh, a-huh

Where will the wedding supper be? A-huh, a-huh
Way down yonder in the hollow tree, a-huh, a-huh
What will the wedding supper be?
A fried mosquito and a roasted flea, a-huh, a-huh, a-huh

First to come in were two little ants, a-huh, a-huh
They were fixin around to have a dance, a-huh, a-huh
Next to come was a bumblebee
Bouncin a guitar upon his knee, a-huh, a-huh, a-huh

Next to come was Major Tick
He ate so much it made him sick
A-huh, a-huh, a-huh, a-huh
So they sent for Doctor Fly
Said, “Major Tick, you’re bound to die”
A-huh, a-huh, a-huh, a-huh
Next to come was Captain Flea
Says, “You ate my brother now you deal with me!”
Next to come was a little louse
He danced a breakdown round the house
Next to come was Colonel Wren
He danced a reel with the turkey hen
The owl did hoot, the birds they sang
And through the woods the music rang

Next to come was a big tomcat, a-huh, a-huh
He swallowed the frog and the mouse and the rat, a-huh, a-huh
Last to come was a big old snake
Chased the whole party into the lake, a-huh, a-huh, a-huh

Last verse, same as the first…
Track Name: Go to Sleepy
Go to sleepy, little baby
‘Fore the Booger Man catch you
When you wake
You’ll have a piece of cake
And a whole lot of little horses

Go to sleepy, little baby
‘Fore the Booger Man catch you
When you wake
You’ll have a piece of cake
And a coach and four little ponies
A black and a bay
And a dapple and a gray
Go to sleepy little baby…