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Ground Hog [core]

Shoulder up your gun and whistle up your dog
Shoulder up your gun and whistle up your dog
We're off to the woods for to catch a ground hog
Ground hog, ground hog

Too many rocks and too many logs,... (×2)
Too much trouble to hunt ground hogs,...

He's in here boys, the hole's wore slick,... (×2)
C'mon, Sam with your forked stick,...

Stand back, boys, and let's be wise,... (×2)
I think I see his beady little eyes,...

Here comes Sam with a ten foot pole,... (×2)
Twist that whistle pig outta his hole,...

Work, boys, work just as hard as you can tear,... (×2)
The meat'll do to eat and the hide'll do to wear,...

Up come Sal with a snigger and a grin,... (×2)
Ground hog grease all over her chin,...

The children screamed and the children cried,... (×2)
"I love that ground hog cooked or fried!",...

You eat up the meat then you save the hide,... (×2)
Makes the best shoestring that ever was tied,...

Look at them fellers, they're about to fall,... (×2)
Eatin' till their britches won't button at all,...

Little piece of cornbread laying on the shelf,... (×2)
If you want any more you can sing it yourself,...

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100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
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The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

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Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
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A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com