NIHOWDY!

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Old time music infused with the loneliness of being an ocean away from home and the excitement and energy of living in the capital of the world's new rising power. This is string band music played fast and hard to capture the attention of a bar audience, and prime them for square dancing. This studio album attempts to cover the energy and feel of the Hutong Yellow Weasels' live sound they developed during constant gigging in Beijing and throughout China in 2014. Many of these songs were learned directly from fiddler Michael Ismerio as the Weasels accompanied him on a tour through China in September 2013. However, they became leaner and faster each time the Weasels played them, as the banded competed with WeChat, Facebook, and drunken conversation for the audience's attention.

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released March 14, 2015

Kirk Kenney -- Fiddle, vocals
Chris Hawke -- Vocals, double bass
Parker Trevathan -- Mandolin, vocals, lead vocal on Long Journey Home
Josh Dyer -- Guitar, vocals

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China's only square dance and stringband.

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Track Name: Ida Red
Ida Red Ida Red I'm in love with Ida Red
Ida Red Ida Green Prettiest girl I ever seen

Down the road down the road
I've got a pretty girl down the road
Down the road and along the path
Swap my horse for a cow and a calf

Ida Red Ida Red I'm in love with Ida Red
Ida Red Ida Blue I'm in love with Ida too

Down the road down the road
I've got a pretty girl down the road
Down the road and across from the shop
My old hat's got a hole in the top

Ida Red Ida Red I'm in love with Ida Red
Ida Red Ida Blue she can put a saddle on a hump backed mule
Track Name: Chased Old Satan (Starry Crown Over Thar)
Well I chased old Satan down the lane
And I hit him on the head with a walking cane
I'm gonna wear that starry crown
Over thar Over thar

Over thar over thar
I'm gonna wear that starry crown over thar
Cause I got no skillet and I got no lid
The ash cakes taste like shortening bread
And I'm gonna wear that starry crown over thar

Well I chased old Satan round the stump
And I hit him on the head every time he jumped
I'm gonna wear that starry crown
Over thar Over thar

TWell I chased old Satan through the door
And I hit him on the head with a two by four
I'm gonna wear that starry crown
Over thar Over thar

Well I chased old Satan round the shed
And I hit him with a shovel upside the head
I'm gonna wear that starry crown
Over thar Over thar
Track Name: Cluck Old Hen (Cracking Up)
My old hen's a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes 8 and sometimes ten
That's enough for the railroad men

Cluck old hen cluck and sing
You ain't laid an egg since late last spring
Cluck old hen cluck and squall
Ain't laid an egg since late last fall

My old hen she's a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes one sometimes two
Sometimes enough for the whole damn crew

Cluck old hen cluck when I tell you
Cluck old hen or I'm gonna sell you
Last time she cackled cackled in the lot
Next time she cackles cackle in the pot
Track Name: Hogs Ate 'Em
He Went To Sleep And The Hogs Ate Him
懒lǎn 父fù 之zhī 死sǐ

Translated by Sun Siyu

译者:孙思宇
cho: Oh! he went to sleep and the hogs eat 'im

哦ò ! 他tā 睡shuì 觉jiào 时shí 野yě 猪zhū 吃chī 了le 他tā
Hogs eat 'im, Hogs eat 'im

吃chī 了le 他tā , 吃chī 了le 他tā
He went to sleep and the hogs eat 'im

他tā 睡shuì 觉jiào 时shí 野yě 猪zhū 吃chī 了le 他tā
Now pa's gone forever

现xiàn 在zài 他tā 不bù 在zài 了le
Forever, Forever, Forever, Forever

不bù在zài了le,不bù在zài了le,不bù在zài了le,不bù在zài了le
Now pa's gone forever.
现xiàn 在zài 他tā 不bù 在zài 了le
He never worked a day in his life

他tā 终zhōng 日rì 碌lù 碌lù 无wú 为wéi
Left that for his lovin' wife

万wàn 事shì 妻qī 子zi 亲qīn 力lì 亲qīn 为wéi
The way my paw did it was a shame

老lǎo 爹diē 的de 做zuò 法fǎ 让ràng 人rén 惭cán 愧kuì
At harvest time he'd stay in the shade

收shōu 割gē 时shí 在zài 树shù 荫yīn 下xià
Find a spot and down he laid

提tí 壶hú 茶chá , 就jiù 躺tǎng 下xià
But we all loved 'im just the same.

但dàn 我wǒ 们men 还hái 是shì 一yí 样yàng 爱ài 他tā

He loved to spin big tall yarns

他tā 喜xǐ 欢huan 吹chuī 牛niú 皮pí
Pa would tell 'em from dusk to dawn

他tā 从cóng 早zǎo 说shuō 到dào 晚wǎn
He would only stop awhile to eat

只zhī 留liú 一yì 点diǎn 时shí 间jiān 吃chī 饭fàn
About that civil war he'd tell

他tā 内nèi 战zhàn 的de 英yīng 雄xióng 事shì 迹jì
Then let out a rebel yell

那nà 让ràng 敌dí 人rén 却què 步bù 的de 呐nà 喊hǎn
Then pa'd get tired and go to sleep.

喊hǎn 累lèi 了le 他tā 就jiù 睡shuì 着zháo 了le



He watched us work from where he set

他tā 坐zuò 着zhe 监jiān 督dū 我wǒ 们men 干gàn 活huó
He watched so hard he'd work up a sweat

竟jìng 然rán 累lèi 得dé 大dà 汗hàn 淋lín 漓lí
At this my pa was hard to beat

这zhè 一yì 点diǎn 老lǎo 爹diē 无wú 人rén 能néng 及jí
He couldn't work, he got too fat

他tā 不bù 工gōng 作zuò , 他tā 变biàn 太tài 胖pàng
He supervised from where he sat

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Then pa'd get tired and go to sleep.
Track Name: Working on a Building
I'm working on a building
I'm working on a building
I'm working on a building
For my Lord for my lord

If I was a gambler
I tell you what I'd do
I would quit my gambling
And start working on a building too

If I was a drunkard
I tell you what I'd do
I would quit my gambling
And start working on a building too

If I was a dancer
I tell you what I'd do
I would keep on dancing
And start working on a building too
Track Name: Long Black Veil
Ten years ago, on a cold dark night,
there was someone killed 'neath the town hall light.
There were few at the scene, but they all agreed
that the slayer who ran looked a lot like me

She walks these hills in a long black veil.
She visits my grave while the night wind wails.
Nobody knows, nobody sees Nobody knows but me.

The judge said "Son, what is your alibi?
If you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die."
Well, I said not a word, though it meant my life
For I'd been in the arms of my best friends wife.

The scaffold was high, and eternity neared
She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear.
But sometimes at night, when the cold wind blows
In a long black veil, she cries over my bones.
Track Name: Long Journey Home
Lost all my money but a two dollar bill
two dollar bill boys, two dollar bill
Lost all my money but a two dollar bill
And I'm on my long journey home

Dark clouds a rising, sure a sign of rain
Sure a sign of rain boys, sure a sign of rain
Dark clouds a rising, sure a sign of rain
And I'm on my long journey home

Homesick and lonesome and I'm feeling kind of blue
Feeling kind of blue boys, feeling kind of blue
Homesick and lonesome and I'm feeling kind of blue
And I'm on my long journey home

Dark and it's raining and I got to go home
Got to go home boys got to go home
Dark and it's raining and I got to go home
And I'm on my long journey home

Lost all my money but a two dollar bill
two dollar bill boys, two dollar bill
Lost all my money but a two dollar bill
And I'm on my long journey home
Track Name: My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains
I am leaving Sunday morning
I am leaving Sunday morning
I am leaving Sunday morning
And I never expect to be here anymore

How can I keep from crying
How can I keep from crying
How can I keep from crying
When I never expect to be here anymore

Rock the baby and feed it candy
Rock the baby and feed it candy
Rock the baby and feed it candy
And I never expect to be here anymore

My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
And I never expect to be here anymore
Track Name: Are You Washed (In The Blood Of The Lamb)?
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!