From the recording GSCD007 Natural Invention
The cunning and resourceful nature of the Fox has been a global theme of folk song and tale for centuries.
This particular song's earliest incarnations date back to the 15th Century, and are written in Middle English, and whilst the language is archaic, the story has barely changed throughout its retelling.
The much later version we have chosen is from Dartmoor and was recorded by the Young Tradition, who in turn learnt it indirectly from Cyril Tawney.
It is partnered with the Morris tune ‘Not for Joe’.