Rabbit Chase

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Old Timey Songs For Children : New Lost City Ramblers (1959)
Day In The Mountains : Various Artists (Charlie Parker) (196?)
The Green Banks Of Grain : Graeme Miles (1979)
Early Years (1958-1962) : New Lost City Ramblers (1991)
Way Down in North Carolina : Mike Seeger & Paul Brown (1996)

Performance History

Played by the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers in San Carlos on June 11th 1962

Not performed by the Grateful Dead. Occurs only on pre-Dead tapes featuring future members of the dead.

Notes

Rabbit Chase usually occurs on copies of the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers tape as Yonder He Goes. This title does not appear to be used elsewhere for the song.

The Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers perform the song in the traditional manner. The majority of the song is spoken over a musical accompaniment with only the chorus sung.

(Spoken)
Well you know how the old lady is in the mornings. She gets up and she's feeling pretty bad. Says to the old man, "If I had a rabbit this morning, I think maybe, I might feel a little better." Old man says to the old woman, "You know I love you and anything I can do for you I will." Says "Sit down under the hill and fetch me a rabbit."

Well the old man sits down beside and his ears prick up just like a Kentucky mule. Old man hasn't seen a rabbit in 40 years. Old woman hasn't seen one in fifty. So the old man calls down the old dog and says, "Come on we're going to have some fun," he says,

(Sung)
Here..., here..., here...,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Can't you see.

(Spoken)
Well the old dog is sitting down behind the house in the sunshine, the way a dog usually does in winter time. Hears the old man calling out to him. Lifts his old head to listen. He's giving him something like this, he says,

(Sung)
Ruff..., ruff..., ruff...,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Can't you see.

(Spoken)
Well the old man puts a lead on the backtrack, the old dog running so fast you kind of hate to call him back. Want to give him a straight trail to see how fast he could run in his old days and he says,

(Sung)
Here..., here..., here...,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Didn't you see.

(Spoken)
Well you know how little children are in the morning, sitting around and being mad an' all. Don't know what's the matter with 'em. There's one little boy been sitting around all morning and he hasn't said a word. All of a sudden he says, "Ma", "What is it son?"

(Sung)
Pa's gonna catch a rabbit ma,
Pa's gonna catch a rabbit ma,
Pa's gonna catch a rabbit ma,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Can't you see.

Ruff..., ruff..., ruff...,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Yonder he goes,
Can't you see.