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A non-Beatles song I have been trying to track down for YEARS
24 February 2013
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I'd like to know what band recorded this song I remember, and what album it's on.

Unfortunately, I can't offer many details, because my memory is so vague of the song.  Mainly, I remember that I really liked the song, and I would love to hear it again.

It seems many members of this forum have a lot of musical knowledge about a lot of music outside the Beatles, so I thought I'd tap that reservoir.  Believe me, I've Googled extensively, with no results.

Anyway, the following is all I know:

1) It was some band that sounded sort of in the folk-pop genre

2) I think they may have been British

3) They may have been famous after the 60s, perhaps peaking in the 70s (or 80s?)

4) The song I'm thinking of had a flavor of an old English folk song, yet done up to sound somewhat modernish, though mostly with acoustic instruments.

Now, here's one CRUCIAL detail that MUST be part of the solution to my search:

5) One line in the song refers to "rabbit stew".  (This line may be repeated at least once in the song.)

I don't know why "rabbit stew" is the only phrase I remember from the song, but for some reason it stands out in my mind.a-hard-days-night-george-4

 

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24 February 2013
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This one? A complete and utter guess as i have no idea what song you are referring to but it does mention Rabbit Stew. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..9mx1-RcA-c

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25 February 2013
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I thought the most likely candidates would be Fairport Convention or Jethro Tull, so tried a Google Search – which unfortunately didn't turn up anything definitive. However, there was an American asking if anyone could identify a Fairport Convention track that mentioned "rabbit stew" and was played on US radio during the '70s on another site in 2008. Unfortunately there was no good answer given, but provided that wasn't you five years ago under a different webname, it may point to the song you're looking for being by Fairport Convention. Fairport Convention certainly fit every other part of your description, plus it could come from one of the spin-offs from the people involved in Fairport.

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25 February 2013
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mja6758 said
there was an American asking if anyone could identify a Fairport Convention track that mentioned "rabbit stew" and was played on US radio during the '70s on another site in 2008.

That could well have been me.  I forgot where I would have done that.  And now I do remember Fairport Convention as a potential candidate.  I combed through their discography from Wikipedia, then sampled every song title that might have been it -- to no avail.

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25 February 2013
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Looking at it closer, got the date well wrong, much earlier than I thought, the question was asked by metaxy, 31 July 2005, and the site was, Spencer: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). It becomes a running conversation through the comments, so there may be an eventual answer in there somewhere.

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25 February 2013
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mja6758 said
Looking at it closer, got the date well wrong, much earlier than I thought, the question was asked by metaxy, 31 July 2005, and the site was, Spencer: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). It becomes a running conversation through the comments, so there may be an eventual answer in there somewhere.

Ah right, I remember that now, that was me.  I recall some woman in the comments said she was from England and knew about Fairport Convention, but she couldn't help me with my question.  Wow, I've been searching for this song longer than I thought.  I have a hazy recollection that I first heard it on the radio approximately in the late 1980s, perhaps once or twice.  Then never heard it again.

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25 February 2013
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Mmmm… I'll think further on it. Being late-80s that you heard it, opens up a whole new slew of possibilities. There was a movement going on over here (UK) at that time known as Crusty – a kind of folk-punk, and lots of those bands could often sound like British folk bands from an earlier era, when people like Fairport were first bringing in rock influences. I know a lot of those involved, some of them – like The Levellers – personally. I will wrack my brains. I'm assuming we're talking male vocalist? Prefer Funny Paper to metaxy as a name.

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25 February 2013
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mja6758 said
Mmmm… I'll think further on it. Being late-80s that you heard it, opens up a whole new slew of possibilities. There was a movement going on over here (UK) at that time known as Crusty – a kind of folk-punk, and lots of those bands could often sound like British folk bands from an earlier era, when people like Fairport were first bringing in rock influences. I know a lot of those involved, some of them – like The Levellers – personally. I will wrack my brains. I'm assuming we're talking male vocalist? Prefer Funny Paper to metaxy as a name.

Thanks.  Now that I think of it, most of the lines of the song were sung by at least two male voices, if not more, possibly harmonizing (but not sure).

I also think there may have been references to "going up a hill" or being out in the country in some way.

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25 February 2013
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I found a British band that uses acoustic guitar and some of their songs are folksy. They're called Jethro Tull. One of their songs, The Rattlesnake Trail, mentions the words "rabbit" and "stew," but not together. It was the closest thing I could find.

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26 February 2013
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Thanks Egroeg, but I'm fairly familiar with Jethro Tull, and I would have recognized their sound.  I doubt it was them.

If you've never heard the most famous Jethro Tull song, it's pretty cool -- one of the only rock-pop songs in 5/4 time, by the way:

Another distinction for a "rock" band: the leader, Ian Anderson, played the flute (often rather jazzily).

 

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26 February 2013
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I would think the most famous Tull song is definitely "Aqualung" – at least here in North America.

For some reason, Jethro Tull was the first thing I thought of, and I felt that there was a Tull song I subconsciously knew had a reference to rabbit stew – but then I realized that I was thinking about "The Hare that Lost its Spectacles", a skit/story on one of their albums. That wasn't the right answer…but I am going to get very little done today, for thinking about a possible answer to this!

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26 February 2013
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Did a search on a lyrics site…not sure if anything on this page fits your bill.

http://www.lyrics.net/lyrics/r…..bit%20stew

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26 February 2013
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Closest thing to a likely candidate I've found so far is a John Denver song called "Tools" from 1971.

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