Turkey in the Straw banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    Mixing in some melodic elements, this Scruggs style version gives you some options as far as up-the-neck and down-the-neck variations.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    A classic fiddle tune. This is arrangement is great for practicing dropping your thumb to the 2nd string when playing melodic style.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    Imagine playing duo with a fiddle player, and your job is to play rock-solid backup. This arrangement is great for cultivating that classic fiddle/banjo sound.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

Turkey in the Straw lyrics

Well, I had an old hen and she had a wooden leg
Just the best old hen that ever laid an egg
Well, she laid more eggs than any hen on the farm
But another little drink wouldn't do her any harm

Turkey in the hay, in the hay, hay, hay
Turkey in the straw, in the straw ,straw, straw
Pick 'em up, shake 'em up, any way at all
And hit up a tune called Turkey in the straw

Well, I hitched up the wagon and I drove down the road
With a two horse wagon and a four horse load
Well cracked my whip and the lead horse sprung
And I said goodbye to the wagon tongue

* Refrain

Well, if frogs had wings and snakes had hair
And automobiles went a flying thro' the air
Well if watermelons grew on a hucleberry vine
We'd have winter in the summer time

* Refrain

Oh, I went out to milk and I didn't know how
I milked a goat instead of a cow
A monkey sitting on a pile of straw
A-winkin' his eyes at his mother in law

* Refrain

Well, I come to the river and I couldn't get across
So I paid five dollars for an old blind horse
Well, he wouldn't go shead and he wouldn't stand still
So he went up and down like an old saw mill

* Refrain