The Chicken and the Ground Hog Discussion
October 29, 2019 at 6:17 PM #78307
It’s the time of year when all the leaves are changing colors and the landscape is beautiful around the Ozarks here in North Central Arkansas. Often, in the mornings, I take my wife on long drives while she photographs some of the wondrous beauty there is to behold on the back roads, farm fields, brooks, and rolling hills.
This morning we couldn’t believe our eyes at what we saw. The following is the absolute truth.
We were driving slowly along a back road when we rounded a slight curve with no homes in sight for a quarter mile at least when we saw the craziest thing: There was a chicken in the middle of the road and it was clucking at a ground hog which was just standing at the edge of the road. The two were obviously having a conversation (as only chickens and ground hogs do) as we could hear the chicken clucking at the ground hog.
When they spotted us in our car, the chicken came over to the side of the car where my wife was seated and the ground hog stood still for a few moments before quietly disappearing into the woods on my side of the road all the while the chicken was talking to my wife. She got pictures of the chicken but the ground hog was camera shy and got away before my wife could react.
Who knows what goes on along the back roads when we’re not around to witness it? It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long while.
I’ve just got to write a fiddle tune about this.
Later on, down the road a bit we saw two different scenes where naked sycamore trees were loaded with roosting vultures. She got pictures of those.
All I can think is:
“Vultures are roosting in the sycamore trees,
Chicken and the ground hog, shooting the breeze”….October 29, 2019 at 8:48 PM #78314
Lol…great start to a new tune! I love seeing weird stuff like that. You’re right…who knows what-all we miss by not being there! I can’t wait to hear the Chicken and Groundhog tune! Great lyrics.October 29, 2019 at 9:32 PM #78317
I’ve got an idea for the tune itself but here’s the lyrics:
The Chicken and the Ground Hog (a tale of Holly and Dewey)
The hen left the farm ‘bout a quarter-mile back
Must be the farmer gave her some flack
Well she packed up her tack an’ left the ol’ shack
Met the ground hog on the old tarmac
Vultures a roostin’ in the Sycamore trees
Rain drops glistenin’ on the changing leaves
We’ve seen us some things that’s hard to believe
Chicken and the ground hog shootin’ the breeze
They must a been a chattin’ when we hit the scene
Ground hog hollered “here comes a limosine
I’m gonna hit the woods, later we’ll reconvene”
“Had me fooled, thought you’d seen a wolverine”
Lay ya odds when we left that ol’ place
Chicken and the ground hog met face to face
Ground hog carried the chicken’s suitcase
Don’t know where they went but they went someplace
Farmer knows the chicken’s just bantamweight
He’s got her eyed for a Sunday dinner plate
Time to liberate, terminate and relocate
Chicken and the ground hog headin’ for the interstateOctober 29, 2019 at 9:46 PM #78318
Lol…that’s great, Fred!October 29, 2019 at 10:55 PM #78319
We experienced this rare sighting between Holly Springs (not the well-known Holly Springs that’s on the maps, but rather a lone church on Fairfield Rd. near Pangburn) and Dewey; two way-in-the-middle-of-nowhere backwoods places on the back roads of rural Arkansas. So I guess I might as well call the chicken “Holly” and the ground hog “Dewey”. lol
October 30, 2019 at 4:40 AM #78323Gunnar SalyerParticipant
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Well, that’s interesting ?? never know what you might get a good tune out of…October 30, 2019 at 5:13 AM #78324MoonShadowsParticipant
Great story Fred, and great lyrics. Can’t wait to here the tune. Who knows, fiddlers may be playing The Chicken and the Ground Hog a 100 years from now!October 30, 2019 at 12:57 PM #78342rodgerParticipant
Well Fred, it took you coming along to finally solve the dilemma of ‘Why the chicken crossed the road?’ …..to talk to the whistle pig, of course! So now we know and we can quit asking. Except, we would like to know what she said? The ground hog has a special day dedicated to it every year, whereas the lowly chicken is just supposed to lay an egg every day and shut up. Only then to occupy a special place of honor beside the mashed potatoes and gravy on our Sunday dinner plate.October 30, 2019 at 2:44 PM #78347
Thanks Gunnar. It is pretty interesting. 🙂
Thanks Jim. I hope I’m around in 100 years to listen to everyone playing “Chicken and the Ground Hog Shootin’ the Breeze”. ha ha.
Roger, I did get the distinct impression the chicken was complaining to the ground hog about something. Perhaps the farmer had her scheduled for a Sunday dinner plate and she got wind of it and took off down the road. lol
Note: check the last verse where I incorporated your thoughts about the Sunday dinner plate 🙂
October 30, 2019 at 4:40 PM #78351JBoundsParticipant
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Looking forward to hearing it. Good lyrics. Just the title alone makes me wanna learn it already and sing it.October 30, 2019 at 5:20 PM #78352
Thanks John, I’m in the process of composing the melody. I’m trying to find the right fiddle tuning and key. Shouldn’t be too much longer……….. 🙂October 30, 2019 at 9:20 PM #78363
…getting more dramatic by the minute!
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