“Peep Squirrel”

Author: Squirrel
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: animal hunting playparty
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Singing game: "Peep squirrel, yang-dan-diddle-um (or other nonsense, e.g. Hop squirrel, eedle-dum-dum)" (x2 or x4). Similarly, "Run, squirrel...." "Catch the old squirrel...." "I give you fifty cents...."

Supplemental text

Peep Squirrel
  Partial text(s)

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Hop, Old Squirrel

From Dorothy Scarborough, On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs,
pp. 133-134. Supplied by John Stone, apparently from Virginia.

Hop, old squirrel, eidle-dum, eidle-dum,
Hop, old squirrel, eidle-dum-dum,
Hop, old squirrel, eidle-dum, eidle-dum,
Hop, old squirrel, eidle-dum-dee.

Catch the old squirrel, eidle-dum, eidle-dum,
Catch the old squirrel, eidle-dum-dum,
Catch the old squirrel, eidle-dum, eidle-dum,
Catch the old squirrel, eidle-dum-dee.

(1 additional stanza plus some related lyrics)

Notes

Roud lumps this with "Hunt the Squirrel" and similar items -- superficially reasonable, since they're both singing games about squirrels. But they don't have any lyrics in common.

Even I decided ot merge "Hop, Old Squirrel" with "Peep, Squirrel"; the forms are very different, but it appears that lyrics cross so much; my guess is that it's one song with two differen games. - RBW

References

  1. Chappell-FSRA 119, "Peep Squirrel" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  2. Scarborough-NegroFS, pp. 134-136, "Hop, Old Squirrel" (2 texts, the second with interspersed game instructions, 1 tune)
  3. ST ChFRA119 (Partial)
  4. Roud #7645
  5. BI, ChFRA119