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Subject: DTStudy: Cranberry Bogs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 02:43 PM

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This thread is intended to serve as a forum for corrections and annotations for the Digital Tradition song named in the title of this thread.

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CRANBERRY BOGS (DT Version 1)
(Barry Reynolds, words; Dillon Bustin, music)

Well, you asked me to sing and to sing you a song
Of how in the marshes we all get along
Bohemians and Irish, Yankees and Dutch
In the cranberry bogs you will find the whole clutch.

cho: Did you ever go down to the cranberry bogs?
Some of the houses are hewn out of logs.
The walls, they are board, sawn from the pine
That grows in the country called the cranberry clime.

When the hay it is cut, and the wheat it is stacked
Cranberries ripen, so our old clothes we'll pack
And away to the marshes to rake we will go
And dance to the music of fiddle and bow.

It's all down to Mercer our tickets to buy
To all our families we will say goodbye;
For profit and fun, our plans to resign
For three or four weeks in the cranberry clime.

All day in the marshes, our rakes we will pull.
We feel the best when our boxes are full.
And in the evening we'll dance 'til we're all tired out
And wish the cranberries would never give out.

Note: Poem composed at the turn of the century by Barry Reynolds of
Wisconsin; set to music by Dillon Buston, 1987.
@farm @work
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Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song.

Cranberry Bogs, The (Cranberry Song)

DESCRIPTION: "Have you ever been down to the cranberry bogs? Some of the houses are hewn out of logs...." Asked to sing, the singer tells stories of the cranberry harvest. The fruit are gathered after most other crops are in, so all sorts of people happily take part
AUTHOR: Barney Reynolds?
EARLIEST DATE: 1946 (recording, Frances Perry)
KEYWORDS: farming work nonballad moniker
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Peters, p.45, "The Cranberry Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS2, p. 435, "The Cranberry Song" (1 text)
DT, CRANBRRY* CRANBRR2*

Roud #5412
RECORDINGS:
Frances Perry, "Cranberry Song" (AAFS, 1946; on LC55)
NOTES [228 words]: The only published version of this piece appears to be that recorded by Frances Perry for AAFS. But Perry herself (who thought the song to have been composed around 1900) admitted that "At each marsh every year, new verses are composed about the workers present at that season." (Hence my use of the "moniker" keyword).
Curiously, John Berquist claims to have a Minnesota version, which conforms closely to the outline of the Perry version but has dozens of minor verbal differences; the tune is also different from that printed in Peters. It appears there has been some folk processing (but starting from the basic Reynolds/Perry text). The most substantial change alters the location: "Mather" in Perry becomes "Mercer" in Berquist.
This is a noteworthy change, because there doesn't seem to be a town called Mather (although Frances Perry said that author Barney Reyonds was from Mather). Mercer, however, is in northern Wisconsin, near the border with upper Michigan and about 20 miles south and slightly east of Ironwood. It's a wet region, there is, in fact, a Cranberry Lake not too far south of there.
The Digital Tradition claims that Dillon Buston wrote a tune for this in 1987, taking the text from Peters. However, Perry had a tune back in 1946, and Berquist recorded his tune in 1981 -- and it's a fine tune that doesn't need any newfangled replacements. - RBW
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Subject: DT Correction: Cranberry Bogs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 02:45 PM


CRANBERRY BOGS (DT version 2)

You ask me to sing and I'll sing you a song,
I'll tell how, in the marshes they all get along.
Bohemians and Irish and Yankees and Dutch,
It's down in the shanties you'll find the whole clutch.

Did you ever go to the cranberry bogs?
There's some of the houses are hewed out of logs.
The walls are of boards,they are sawed out of pine
That grow in the country called cranberry mine.

It's now then to Mather their tickets to buy
And to all their people they'll bid them goodbye
For fun and for frolic they plan to resign
For three or four weeks in the cranberry kline (clime?)

The hay it is cut and the wheat is all stacked
Cranberries are ripe, so their clothes they will pack.
And away to the marshes to rake away they will go
And dance to the music of fiddle and bow.

All day in the marshes, our rakes they will pull.
And feel the most gayest when boxes are full.
And in the evening they'll dance till they're all tired out
And wish the cranberries would never play out.

From Folk Songs Out of Wisconsin, Peters
Collected from Frances Perry, WI
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Here is the Frances Perry recording of the song, from the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200197185/

The lyrics are just a bit different in Folk Songs Out Of Wisconsin (by Harry B. Peters, published in 1977 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin - page 45). Here are the lyrics from the book, with differences from DT Version #2 in bold.

THE CRANBERRY SONG

You ask me to sing, so I'll sing you a song;
I'll tell how, in the marshes they all get along.
Bohemians and Irish and Yankees and Dutch,
It's down in the shanties you'll find the whole clutch.

Did you ever go to the cranberry bogs?
There some of the houses are hewed out of logs.
The walls are of boards; they're sawed out of pine
That grow in this country called cranberry mine.

It's now then to Mather their tickets to buy,
And to all their people they'll bid them goodbye.
For fun and for frolic they plan to resign
For three or four weeks in the cranberry kline. (clime?)

The hay is all cut and the wheat is all stacked.
Cranberries are ripe so their clothes they will pack,
And away to the marshes, to rake away they will go
And dance to the music of fiddle and bow.

All day in the marshes, their rakes they will pull
And feel the most gayest when boxes are full.
And in the evening they'll dance till they're all tired out
And wish the cranberries would never play out.

From Folk Songs Out of Wisconsin, Peters
Collected from Frances Perry, WI

    NOTES FROM PETERS: Sung by Mrs. Frances Perry, Black River Falls, Wisconsin, for Helene Stratman-Thomas. This song was attributed to one Barney Reynolds of Mather, in the heart of cranberry country in Juneau County.
The melody in the Digital Tradition is an exact transcription from Folk Songs Out Of Wisconsin.

Here is the Frances Perry recording of the song, from the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200197185/


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Cranberry Bogs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 02:48 PM

Barry O'Neill has a version on his Website: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/boneill/SongTexts/CranberryBogs.txt

Cranberry Bogs

You ask me to sing, so I'll sing you a song
I'll tell how in the marshes they all get along.
Bohemians and Irish and Yankees and Dutch,
It's down in the shanties you'll find the hole clutch.

Did ever you go to the cranberry bogs?
There some of the houses are hewed out of logs.
The walks are of boards, they're sawed out of pine,
That grow in this country called cranberry mine.

It's now then to Mather their tickets to buy,
And to all their people, they'll bid them goodbye.
For fun and for frolic they plan to resign,
And stay there four weeks in the cranberry kline.

When hay is all cut and the wheat is all stacked,
The berries are ripe, so they're clothes they will pack.
Make their way to the marshes, away they will go,
Where they'll dance to the music of fiddle and bow.

All day in the marshes their rakes they will pull,
And feel the most gayest when boxes are full.
In the evening, they'll dance till they're all tuckered out,
And wish the cranberries would never play out.

Barney Reynolds, Mather, Wisconsin. Caroline Paton sings it great.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Cranberry Bogs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 03:29 PM

Thread #53092   Message #815658
Posted By: raredance
31-Oct-02 - 10:26 PM
Thread Name: BS: Cranberry harvest
Subject: RE: BS: Cranberry harvest

"Cranberry Bogs" song is in the DT with two slightly different lyrics, both credited to the same source, Barney Reynolds of Mather, Wisconsin. Geographical place name "Mather" is correct in one version. The name "Mercer" is used in the other which is not correct. Mather, about 100 northwest of Madison is in a major Wisconsin cranberry growing region. Mercer, on the other hand is way up near the Michigan border, not far from Ironwood. That area was known from mining, then logging, but not agriculture.

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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Cranberry Bogs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 03:38 PM

Norm Cohen includes the lyrics from Folk Songs Out of Wisconsin in Volume 2, page 435 of his American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2008). Here are Cohen's notes:
    Wisconsin had, in addition to its share of seafaring, mining, and lumbering, another industry that was highly localized: cranberrying. When the two glacial lakes of Oshkosh and Wisconsin in the central part of the state retreated, they left behind expansive lakebed swamps and bogs that became fertile ground for growing and marketing cranberries. One song survives from this industry, where once Poles, Bohemians, and Irishmen, among others, gathered to harvest the berries and spend their evenings in convivial music and dance.
    This song was attributed to Barney Reynolds of Mather, in Juneau County, the heart of cranberry country.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Cranberry Bogs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 04:13 PM

I can't find anything on the Dillon Bustin version, DT version #1. See above for what the Traditional Ballad Index has to say about it.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Cranberry Bogs
From: mg
Date: 27 Feb 20 - 05:08 PM

I have one I wrote about washington. Worked on a cranbrrry.research station until I retired.


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