John Peel (John Ebenezer West)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-17)  CPDL #78293:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-17).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 745 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2021-03-18)  CPDL #63554:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2021-03-18).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 162 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: John Peel
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: John Ebenezer West
Lyricist: Traditional
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1917 Novello and Co.
Description: North Country Hunting Song

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Original text and translations

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D'ye ken John Peel, with his coat so gray?
D'ye ken John Peel at the break of day?
D'ye ken John Peel when he's far, far away,
With his hounds and his horn in the morning?

 For the sound of his horn brought me from my bed,
 And the cry of his hounds, which he oft-times led,
 Peel's "View halloo!" would awaken the dead,
 Or a fox from his lair in the morning.

Yes, I ken John Peel, and Ruby too,
Ranter and Ringwood, Bellman and True,
From a find to a check, from a check to a view,
From a view to a death in the morning.

Then here's to John Peel from my heart and soul,
Let's drink to his health, let's finish the bowl,
We'll follow John Peel thro' fair and thro' foul,
If we want a good hunt in the morning.

D'ye ken John Peel, with his coat so gray?
He lived at Troutbeck once on a day,
Now he has gone far, far away,
We shall ne'er hear his voice in the morning.