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Turkey in the Straw--July Song of the Month 1 year 4 months ago #4219

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Our second-place winner for July is an old American folksong called "Turkey in the Straw." It's a great tune for anyone starting out on harmonica. You may also know it as "Do Your Ears Hang Low."

Here's a video lesson...
vimeo.com/29356867

Here's tab in the upper octave...
www.harptabs.com/song.php?ID=1665

Here's tab for the lower octave...
5 -4 4 4 4 2 3 3 3
A-as I was going down the road
4 -4 5 5 5 -4 4 -4 5 -4 -4
With a tired te-am and a heavy load
5 -4 4 4 4 2 3 3 3
I-I cracked my whip and the leader sprung
4 5 6 6 5 4 -4 5 -4 4
I said "Good by-e" to the wagon tongue.
5 6 6 5 6 6
Turkey in the straw. Turkey in the hay.
-5 -6 -6 -5 -6 -6
Turkey in the straw. Turkey in the hay.
6 6 5 5 4 4 -3
Roll 'em up, twist 'em up, A-high tuck a-haw.
5 6 6 5 4 -45 -4 4
Twist 'em up a tune called turkey in the straw.

Both tabs above are bare-bones versions that can be embellished.
If you want to hear just how cool some embellishment can make the tune, check out Glenn Weiser's version. "Turkey in the Straw" comes right after he plays twice through "Year of Jubilo"...


Feel free to post any examples, backing tracks, and tabs you find helpful. This is a great tune for all levels. Have fun with it. hopefully we'll get lots of new players joining in this month!
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Turkey in the Straw--July Song of the Month 1 year 4 months ago #4221

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Wow, this song must've surged toward the end. The last time I looked I've got spurs was ahead. Turkey in the Straw is a good one for some rapid playing practice.
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Turkey in the Straw--July Song of the Month 1 year 4 months ago #4223

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Yeah, I was surprised too when I checked this morning. It was a close one.
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Turkey in the Straw--July Song of the Month 1 year 4 months ago #4225

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Turkey in the Straw--July Song of the Month 1 year 4 months ago #4226

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That is so cool, Jim! Talk about adding a little embellishment to the tune--love it! What a fun way to kick the month's tune off.
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Thanks Marcy!
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