December 23, 2008 9:18 PM Subscribe
My brother is looking for the lyrics to a humorous folk song about fox hunting that my mother sings (but of which she knows only fragments). It's probably called "Sir Renard", but don't quote me on that. Google and Yahoo both fail. I'm sure Mefi won't.
posted by Netzapper to media & arts (9 answers total)
The song is about a fox hunt. Each verse, the hunting party meets another peasant or craftsman who tells them that he saw "Sir Renard" and that he went thataway. Finally they come across a young boy who refuses to disclose where he saw the fox running, thereby foiling the hunt.
The chorus goes something like:
Tally-ho, tally-ho pursue him, the huntsmen loudly cried
A-hye-lee and a-hye-lo, down the woods we glide.
(Please note that I don't really expect a web result. I'll happily take a book reference. Or, if you know the words, I'll also take a transcription from memory--but please note it as such.)