Old Blue

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Adapted by Red Yarn from the traditional version, which I found in Jane Yolen’s 'The Fireside Song Book of Birds and Beasts' (1972). I also drew inspiration from “Old Dog Blue,” written and recorded by Jim Jackson (1928, public domain) and included in Harry Smith’s 'Anthology of American Folk Music' (1952).


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


(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…


from The Deep Woods, released October 15, 2013
Andy Furgeson/Red Yarn: vocals, guitar, banjo, stomps
Will Trevor: fiddle
Perry Pfister: upright bass
Peter Valois: vocals
Community Singers: vocals, stomps & claps



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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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