Boil Them Cabbage Down
This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Boil Them Cabbage Down." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!
Genre: Old Time, Bluegrass
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Key of A
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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Boil Them Cabbage Down."
Tablature Part 1 (1 page, PDF)
Notation and Tablature Part 1 (2 pages, PDF)
Tablature Part 2 (1 page, PDF)
Notation and Tablature Part 2 (2 pages, PDF)
Tablature Part 3 (1 page, PDF)
Notation and Tablature Part 3 (2 pages, PDF)
Video #2: Here is a measure-by-measure fiddle lesson of "Boil Them Cabbage Down" Part 1.
Video #3: Here is a measure-by-measure fiddle lesson of "Boil Them Cabbage Down" Part 2.
Video #4: Here is a measure-by-measure fiddle lesson of "Boil Them Cabbage Down" Part 3.
Video #5: Here is "Boil Them Cabbage Down" Part 1 with the metronome.
Video #6: Here is "Boil Them Cabbage Down" Part 2 with the metronome.
Video #7: Here is "Boil Them Cabbage Down" Part 3 with the metronome.
Video #8: Here is "Boil Them Cabbage Down" at 65 BPM.
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Performance track with fiddle and vocal:
MP3 #1: "Boil Them Cabbage Down," 115 bpm with fiddle and vocal
MP3 #2: "Boil Them Cabbage Down," 65 bpm with fiddle
Jam tracks at different speeds:
MP3 #3: "Boil Them Cabbage Down," 65 bpm jam track
MP3 #4: "Boil Them Cabbage Down," 115 bpm jam track
"Boil Them Cabbage Down", also know as "Bile Them Cabbage Down", "Bile 'Em Cabbage", etc., supposedly can be traced to an an English country dance called Smiling Polly, first printed in 1765. “Bile” is a phonetic writing of the word “boil.” A hoecake is a thin, flat cake made from cornmeal, originally baked on a hoe. As it has been played and sung throughout the South, the song integrates African and European musical elements: banjo and fiddle – slave, minstrel and mountaineer. (Ballad of America)
Boil Them Cabbage Down Possum in a 'simmon tree, Raccoon on the ground. Raccoon says to possum, Please shake some 'simmons down. CHORUS: Boil them cabbage down, down. Turn them hoecakes 'round, 'round. The only song that I can sing is Boil them cabbage down. Raccoon has a bushy tail, Possum's tail is bare. Rabbits got no tail at all but a little Bunch o' hair. (Chorus) Someone stole my old coon dog. Wish they'd bring him back. He chased the big hogs through the fence, And the little ones through the crack. (Chorus) Met a possum in the road, Blind as he could be. Jumped the fence and whipped my dog And bristled up at me. (Chorus) Heard my dog the other night, Though he'd treed a coon Saw them walking paw in paw Later by the light of the moon (Chorus) Raccoon and the Possum, Walking on the prairie Raccoon says to Possum; Would you like to marry? (Chorus) Raccoon died of the whoopin' cough, Possum died of the colic. 'Long come a frog with a fiddle on his back Inquirin' his way to the frolic. (Chorus)