False Foxes

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Words and Music Traditional / Faustus
In her manuscript, Ruth Tongue states that this is “a version of the Mr Fox contefable but including the Open Grave superstition”.

Idbury Hill
Traditional
From the Bledington Morris tradition, the tune is named after a nearby Oxfordshire hill fort.

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False Foxes

Gold and silver and all the world’s wealth,
Who leaves a grave open will fill it himself.

Oh where was I last Saturday night?
I was up in the ivy tree.
False foxes under me, seeking to bury me,
Under the ivy tree.
The boughs did shake and my heart did quake,
To see the grave that they did make,
But I was high and I let it lie..

Gold and silver and all the world’s wealth,
Who leaves a grave open will fill it himself.

As they crept home in the dark of the moon,
Under the ivy tree.
They fell in the grave and there died soon,
Under the ivy tree.
False foxes under me, seeking to bury me,
Under the ivy tree.
The boughs did shake and their necks did break
All in the grave that they did make,
But I was high and I let it lie.

Gold and silver and all the world’s wealth,
Who leaves a grave open will fill it himself.

credits

from Death and Other Animals, released October 7, 2016
Benji Kirkpatrick - voice, bouzouki, guitars, mandolin
Saul Rose – voice, melodeons
Paul Sartin - voice, oboe, cor anglais, violin

Recorded at Halsway Manor
Engineered by Rupert Christie
Produced By Rupert Christie
Mixed by Sam Burden at Empire Record Studios
Mastered by Nick Cooke at Pure Records

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