“Rabbit Chase”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Charlie Parker)
Keywords: hunting humorous animal dog family age
Found in: US


Humorous cante-fable description of chasing a rabbit. Part of the humor is that, unlike "fox chase" songs, not much happens: The old wife wants a rabbit (though she hardly knows what one is); the old man and dog blunder around preparing to catch it


Cohen notes that when he played this song for mountain people, they found it so amusing that they pulled out a tape recorder and taped *him*. - PJS



  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 106-107, "Rabbit Chase" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, CSW106