Daddy Fox (Live on Griffin Hole Holy Well)

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Pilgrimage is not just for people. This song tells of Daddy Fox and his long journey to the holy place of his family’s supper. Like all good pilgrims, Daddy Fox finds more than he seeks, and despite the distance and obstacles, returns home to share the boon.

We recorded this on top of Griffin Hole Holy Well, Hertfordshire, during our second day of pilgrimage. The well was pilgrim-proofed by a heavy iron grille, so though we couldn’t drink or bathe, we could sort-of walk on the water…

The Griffin is a mythic double king - both lion and eagle – with a reputation for guarding great treasure. Daddy Fox is the rogue pilgrim prince of the British hedgerows...

Lyrics:
Daddy Fox he went out on a chilly chilly night,
And he prayed to the moon for to give him light.
For he had many many miles to go that night,
before he came to his den-o.

Den-o, den-o...for he had many many miles to go that night,
before he came to his den-o.

Then he grabbed the grey goose by the neck,
and he flung a duck all upon his back.
And he heeded not their quivvy quivvy quacks,
nor the legs all dangling down-o.

Down-o, down-o...and he heeded not their quivvy quivvy quacks,
nor the legs all dangling down-o.

Then old mother Twiddle-Twaddle jumped out of bed,
And out of the window she stuck her little head.
Saying: "Oh John, oh, but the grey goose is dead,
And the fox is away to his den-o".

Den-o, den-o...saying “Oh John, oh, but the grey goose is dead,
and the fox is away to his den-o.”

Then John went up to the top of his hill,
He blew his little horn both loud and shrill.
"Play on" says Reynard "with your music still,
While I trot away to my den-o.

Den-o, den-o..."Play on" says Reynard "with your music still,
While I trot away to my den-o".

Then old daddy Fox and his cubs and his wife,
they cut up the goosey without any knife,
saying "I've never ever had such a supper in my life,
And the cubs they can chew on the bones-o".

Bones-o, bones-o...saying "I've never ever had such a supper in my life,
And the cubs they can chew on the bones-o".

credits

from To Be A Pilgrim (Songs From The Way To Walsingham), released May 5, 2015
Trad. Arr. Hayward and Parsons

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