“Run Mountain”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1949 (recording, J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers)
Keywords: adultery love work dancing humorous nonballad floatingverses
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Dance tune with floating verses: "I went up on the mountain to get me a load of pine..."; "Me six miles from my home... Me upstairs with another man's wife..."; Chorus: "Run mountain, chuck a little hill (x3)/There you'll get your fill."

Long description

Dance tune with floating verses: "I went up on the mountain to get me a load of pine/I put it on the wagon, I broke down behind"; "Me six miles from my home and the chickens crowing for day/Me upstairs with another man's wife, better be a-getting away"; "I went up on the mountain to give my horn a blow/I thought I heard my true love say, yonder comes my beau"; "If I had a needle and thread as fine as I could sew/I'd sew my true love to my side and down the road I'd go." Chorus: "Run mountain, chuck a little hill (x3)/There you'll get your fill."

Notes

One of dozens of songs in southeastern and Appalachian tradition that reshuffle similar verses with new choruses and tunes. - PJS

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 206, "Run Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, CSW206