Tune Tuesday: The Ballad of Chevy Chase 1620s

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Chevy Chase Image One
Earl Percy Hunting in Chevy Chase
Author: John Frederick Tayler
Image Credit: All Posters & Wikimedia

Jumping into the 1620s…

[The English ballad], The Ballad of Chevy Chase, [tells] the story of a large hunting party upon a parcel of hunting land (or chase) in the Cheviot Hills (a range of rolling hills straddling the Anglo-Scottish border between Northumberland and the Scottish Borders), hence the term, Chevy Chase. The hunt is led by Percy, the English Earl of Northumberland. The Scottish Earl Douglas had forbidden this hunt and interpreted it as an invasion of Scotland. In response, he attacked, causing a bloody battle [where] only 110 people survived.

There are two extant ballads […], both of which narrate the same story. As ballads existed within oral tradition[s] before being written down, other versions of this once popular song also may have existed. Moreover, other ballads used its tune without necessarily referring to [this particular ballad].

This ballad was entered in the Stationers’ Register in 1624. The title is alternatively spelled Chevy Chace. The ballad is generally thought to describe the Battle of Otterburn. Some of the verses correspond to that battle but, not all. The Battle of Otterburn took place in 1388. At that [b]attle, Henry Percy (Hotspur) was captured, not killed. He was killed in 1403 in an uprising against Henry IV.

The Ballad
The death of Earl Douglas
Author: John Frederick Tayler
Image Credit: All Posters & Wikimedia

[A]nother possibility [was] border warfare between a Percy and a Douglas in 1435 or 1436. Henry Percy of Northumberland made a raid into Scotland with 4,000 men. He was met by William Douglas, Earl of Angus at Piperden. There were great losses on each side but, the Scots prevailed.

Over time, and the various evolutions of the ballad, events and personages have gotten confused.

Additional Reading & Sources:
The Naming of Chevy Chase (Chevy Chase Historical Society)
Chevy Chase (Contemplations From the Marianas Trench)
Battle of Chevy Chase (Douglas History UK)
The Battle of Chevy Chase (Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature)
Who or What is Chevy Chase? (The Straight Dope)
Battle of Otterburn (Wikipedia)
The Ballad of Chevy Chase (Wikipedia)

Lyrics

The Ballad of Chevy Chase (A Cappella)

The Battle of Otterburn Ballad

25 thoughts on “Tune Tuesday: The Ballad of Chevy Chase 1620s

    charliecountryboy said:
    June 10, 2020 at 4:30 AM

    How interesting and here’s me thinking he was just a comic actor and you’ve got more books than me 🥴🥴😂

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    UK #1s blog said:
    June 10, 2020 at 9:50 AM

    Interesting. Scotland and England have been pestering one another for well over a millennium now… and it shows no signs of stopping.

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    badfinger20 (Max) said:
    June 13, 2020 at 11:07 PM

    You had me going…I thought…hell who would write a song about him? Except of course to belittle him lol.

    this is pretty cool…this one lives up to the title…”oldie but goodie”

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 13, 2020 at 11:19 PM

      It does.

      If he wasn’t such a jackass…

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        badfinger20 (Max) said:
        June 13, 2020 at 11:20 PM

        I have not heard many good things about him…especially from the original cast…and more bad for the later casts when he visited.

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          June 13, 2020 at 11:22 PM

          Yep. Me neither.

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            badfinger20 (Max) said:
            June 13, 2020 at 11:27 PM

            He went out of his way to be rude to people….I found out after I heard the stories why Belushi and Murray couldn’t stand him.

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              The Hinoeuma responded:
              June 14, 2020 at 2:03 PM

              He got too big for his britches. An overblown ego can turn someone into a complete jerk. Reminds me of Bill Gates…only he’s finessed enough to hide his contempt for the “unwashed masses.”

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                badfinger20 (Max) said:
                June 14, 2020 at 2:42 PM

                Yea the cocaine didn’t help back then…that will make you ruthless

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                  The Hinoeuma responded:
                  June 14, 2020 at 6:17 PM

                  Ah. Coke head. Didn’t realize that.

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                    badfinger20 (Max) said:
                    June 14, 2020 at 6:19 PM

                    Oh yea…that is why his career stalled. To be fair many on that show but Gilda and Jane were doing it…at least from the books.

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                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      June 14, 2020 at 6:20 PM

                      Wonder what the newer ones are hooked on…

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                      badfinger20 (Max) said:
                      June 14, 2020 at 6:21 PM

                      bad taste and no humor

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                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      June 14, 2020 at 6:23 PM

                      LMAO! Good point.

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                      badfinger20 (Max) said:
                      June 14, 2020 at 6:26 PM

                      I can’t believe Lorne still goes on with it. I’m all for instituions but it stopped being good a while ago.

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                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      June 14, 2020 at 8:23 PM

                      I agree but, it serves as a vehicle to attack Trump…and the average American. It’s turned into a circle jerk. Only those on the inside enjoy their own brand of humor. I just love Hollyweird types condescending to us their brand of “wokeness.”

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                      badfinger20 (Max) said:
                      June 14, 2020 at 8:28 PM

                      It’s just not funny. It’s been this way since the late 90s to me.
                      You don’t get on unless you are an A list band or diva…those pop in celebrities pisses me off… Lorne at one time was the opposite… he got interesting people not just famous.
                      Back then they roasted Ford and then Carter

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                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      June 20, 2020 at 6:34 PM

                      Geezus…I missed this.

                      They roasted Ford, Carter, Reagan and both Bushes. I don’t recall them messing with Clinton, much or Obama. That is very telling.

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                      badfinger20 (Max) said:
                      June 20, 2020 at 6:43 PM

                      They did mess with Clinton…the women and his McDonalds journeys lol.
                      Obama I don’t know.

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                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      June 20, 2020 at 6:44 PM

                      Ah. I had stopped watching it way before then, anyway.

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                      badfinger20 (Max) said:
                      June 20, 2020 at 6:46 PM

                      I did also. I’ve seen some highlights about Clinton and Bush…I knew they got Ford and Carter…I don’t remember Reagan as much…but I’m sure they did.

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                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      June 20, 2020 at 6:55 PM

                      YouTube…

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    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    June 20, 2020 at 4:55 AM

    Thank you for this. Didn’t know much about this at all.

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