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Title question anyone? Who is grumbling, and who is growling ... ??

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Jun 25, 2022 - 2:11:58 PM

banjoy

USA

10336 posts since 7/1/2006

A recent clawhammer post of this cool old haunting tune reminded me that I worked up a Scruggs / melodic version of this tune years ago and pretty much forgot about it until that video was posted. So I was thinking about recording my version too, and went to google the title when I ran into this conundrum ...

So which title is correct for this old tune?

Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman

-- OR --

Grumbling Old Man and Growling Old Woman

... so who is grumbling, and who is growling?

Is there any consensus on this? As far as I can tell, they seem interchangeable...

Does it even matter?

Help!

Jun 25, 2022 - 3:49:11 PM
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2937 posts since 3/30/2008

My search results got a long list of performance titles & references to "Growling old man and Grumbling Old Woman". ( I think it's common in the folkworld for a song to have variation in  the title.)

Edited by - tdennis on 06/25/2022 15:51:06

Jun 25, 2022 - 4:02:51 PM
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9798 posts since 8/28/2013

Why not just give the tune a different title, something like "Annoying People Who B**** too Much."

Jun 25, 2022 - 4:14:14 PM
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banjoy

USA

10336 posts since 7/1/2006

quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

Why not just give the tune a different title, something like "Annoying People Who B**** too Much."


Naah. I think I'll try to pin down the correct title. But thanks for giving an excellent example of your suggestion LOL!!!

Edited by - banjoy on 06/25/2022 16:14:40

Jun 25, 2022 - 7:14:46 PM
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7589 posts since 11/4/2005

quote:
Originally posted by banjoy


So which title is correct for this old tune?

Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman

-- OR --

Grumbling Old Man and Growling Old Woman


I learned it as Growling Old Man and Grumbling Woman, almost 50 years ago.

Jun 26, 2022 - 4:13:40 AM

banjoy

USA

10336 posts since 7/1/2006

Don Borchelt

Cool, thanks for your post, you've confirmed the title I was leaning towards and which seems to used more often than its opposite (at least with more online references I could find).

So for this tune, men growl and women grumble. Seems about right LOL!!!

Thanks everyone.

Jun 26, 2022 - 4:45:50 AM
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2440 posts since 2/4/2013

Surely men grumble and women roll their eyes.

Jun 26, 2022 - 4:53:48 AM

banjoy

USA

10336 posts since 7/1/2006

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker

Surely men grumble and women roll their eyes.


LOL!!!! I think any man who has ever been in a relationship with a woman, or married, knows very well that women have way more ammunition in their arsenal beyond grumbling, to deal with growling old men. But this is a family-oriented website ... so I'll just leave it at that :)

Jun 26, 2022 - 8:11:54 AM

RB3

USA

1366 posts since 4/12/2004

In my experience, the old man grumbles and the old woman growls. As to the correct song title, I have no idea.

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