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The Origin of ‘Go Tell Aunt Rhody,’ the Song in the Creepy New ‘Resident Evil 7′ Trailer

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Capcom has revealed what looks like a Resident Evil experience unlike any other, and the Japanese game developer’s choice in music helped set an unnerving atmosphere for the title’s debut trailer.

You can hear the lyrically-tweaked version of the folk song Go Tell Aunt Rhody in the Resident Evil 7 debut trailer above. While the song plays, men explore a dilapidated plantation, haunting images flash onscreen and a wolf’s head decays in seconds.

Shortly after the Resident Evil 7 trailer was released by Capcom Monday night during Sony’s E3 2016 press conference, it didn’t take fans long to find a video of the song on YouTube — one recorded by Burl Ives and noticeably less creepy. His version of the folk song can be heard below. (By the way: Read the comments in the YouTube video if you want a chuckle. You can see the exact moment it goes from ‘Oh, I play this song on violin’ to ‘Yo, RE 7, son!’)

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However, the song’s origin goes back to 18th century France. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is credited for penning the melody in 1752 as part of his opera, Le devin du village (translation:The Village Soothsayer).

From there, the song traveled to England, Germany, the United States and Japan. It’s appeared in these countries most commonly as a song for school children.

Here are the original lyrics to Go Tell Aunt Rhody:

Chorus

Go tell Aunt Rhody
Go tell Aunt Rhody
Go tell Aunt Rhody
The old gray goose is dead

Verses

The one she’s been saving (x 3)
To make her feather bed

She died in the mill pond (x 3)
Standing on her head

She left nine little goslins (x 3)
To scratch for their own bread

The goslings are crying (x 3)
Because their mother’s dead

The gander is weeping (x 3)
Because his wife is dead

Little is known about Resident Evil 7. Despite the trailer’s noticeable lack of zombies (or parasite-infected humans) and guns, Capcom Social Media Specialist Tim Turi states that the new franchise installment does have a place in the overall timeline:

Resident Evil 7 is set after the events of Resident Evil 6, taking place in modern day and revolving around a foreboding, derelict plantation mansion in rural America. Players must explore and survive the horrors within the mysterious, sprawling estate.

A demo for Resident Evil 7 called Beginning Hour was released for PlayStation Plus subscribers in June, with Xbox One owners getting the demo months later in December.

Resident Evil 7 was released on January 24, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The title is also be compatible with PlayStation VR.

The First Two Hours of Resident Evil 7

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