Turkey in the Straw banjo tabs & chords

  • Scruggs Style


    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


    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


    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

More about Turkey in the Straw Banjo song

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Turkey in the Straw for you to share with friends at your next jam. The Scruggs style arrangement will get you started learning slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Once you’re feeling confident with that try your luck with the Melodic style solo, which will teach you how to play the melody for Turkey in the Straw using up the neck scales. Finally, the Backup arrangement will show you how to play this song with others and sound like a pro doing it.

In every Tunefox tablature arrangement you'll find measures where you can switch out licks to see different options to use for your improvisation. This feature is called the Lick Switcher. How do you find the Lick Switcher? Look for text that says "Original Measure" over different measures in the Turkey in the Straw tab you are learning and click on that text. It'll open up the Lick Switcher where you can select a substitute measure for that spot in the song. You'll find that there are different styles of licks like Scruggs, Melodic, Bluesy, and more. Want to see a completely different version of this song? Click on "Shuffle Licks" on the bottom of tool panel to randomly shuffle the licks in the song.

Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Turkey in the Straw. If you select the "Tools" option in the bottom bar you’ll see "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up" features. Hide notes will help you train your ears by hiding some of the notes on the page for you to figure out as opposed to looking at the tab. "Memory Train" will help you retain the melody of the song by gradually hiding notes so you can rely on your ears more for memorization. Finally, the "Speed Up" tool will automatically increase the playback speed each time a measure or the song loops.

Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Turkey in the Straw as fast or as slow as you want and mix the volume of the tracks with the instrument to your liking. There’s also a metronome so you can always feel the pulse of the song with or without the band track playing along.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Turkey in the Straw using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.

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