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"The Hunters of Kentucky" Lyrics, Text Format
"The Hunters of Kentucky" Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation, tonic arpeggios, and an interval of a minor seventh (m7).



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – Samuel Woodworth, 1821
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB – verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti | running eighth notes | ta/ ti ti ti (ti) ti | syncopation,
    | ti ti ti ti ti ti (ta) | ti ti ti ti ti ta ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervals: advanced: So8\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, G), Do\So (P4), So/Do-Do/Mi ascending tonic arpeggio (I,G), Mi/So8 (m3), Fa\Re/Fa (m3), Do\La (m3), So/Fa (m7), Re/So8 (P4), So8\Ti (m6)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, verse/refrain, tonic arpeggios, running eighth notes, syncopation
  • Key Words: USA; Kentucky, New Orleans; gentlemen, grace, rehearse, ditty, opportunity, conceive, hardy, freeborn, race, stranger, chase, despising toil, danger, daring, foe, annoys, alligator horses, attempted, wince, schemes, repented, rifles, occasion, hue, sooty, brags, cotton bags, spite, greater, half a horse, half an alligator, vain, booty, wisely, danger, protect; Old English: Ye (you); contractions: ’tis (it is), we’ll (we will), you’ve (you have), there’s (there is), he’d (he would), ’twas (it was); abbreviations: e’er (ever), s’pose (suppose), cock’d (cocked), flock’d (flocked), fam’d (famed), ev’ry (every), wish’d (wished)
  • Recorder: intermediate: playing in G major, introducing F#, tonic arpeggios, syncopation

Packenham: Sir Edward Pakenham (1778–1815) Anglo-Irish Army Officer and Politician
Old Hickory Jackson: Andrew Jackson (1767–1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837)

“The Hunters of Kentucky”

Ye gentlemen and ladies fair who grace the famous city,
Just listen if you’ve time to spare, while I rehearse a ditty;
And for an opportunity, conceive yourselves quite lucky,
For ’tis not often here you see a hunter from Kentucky.
Oh Kentucky, the hunters of Kentucky,
Oh Kentucky, the hunters of Kentucky,
We are a hardy freeborn race, each man to fear a stranger.
What e’er the game, we join the chase, despising toil and danger,
And if a daring foe annoys, what e’er his strength and forces,
We’ll show him that Kentucky boys are “alligator horses.”
3. I s’pose you’ve read it in the prints how Pakenham attempted
To make Old Hick’ry Jackson wince, but soon his schemes repented;
For we with rifles ready cock’d through such occasion lucky,
And soon around the hero flock’d the hunters of Kentucky.
4. You’ve herd I s’pose how New Orleans is fam’d for wealth and beauty,
There’s girls of ev’ry hue it seems, from snowy white to sooty;
So Pakenham he made his brags, if he in fight was lucky,
He’d have their girls and cotton bags, in spite of old Kentucky.
5. A bank was raised to hide ourselves, not that we thought of dying,
But that we always like to rest, unless the game is flying;
Behind it stood our little force-none wish’d it to be greater,
For ev’ry man was half a horse and half an alligator.
6. They found at last ’twas vain to fight, where lead was all their booty,
And so they wisely took a flight and left us all our beauty;
And now if danger e’er annoys, remember what our trade is;
Just send for us Kentucky boys, and we’ll protect you, ladies.
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