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A popular 19th century minstrel tune. Banjo arrangement more or less from Briggs' 1855 Banjo Instructor. Lyrics somewhat sterilized as I wanted to share it on another site that lacks the built-in context of this one.

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Comment by Andy Chase on April 16, 2014 at 7:46pm

Oh, and the only reason the 'started off straight for home' verse is missing is that I recorded the banjo first, and miscounted how many repeats I'd need; came up one short.

Comment by Strumelia on April 17, 2014 at 11:25pm

Andy I love what you did here.  That banjer sounds very old, goes great with your voice too. Terrific rendition!

One of my favorite songs, which Brian and i dedicate to our dear departed cat Boy Boy, and when we sing it at home we usually adapt the lyrics to "Boy Boy kickin' up 'ahind....... and the yeller cat kickin' up 'ahind Boy Boy..."   since BoyBoy used to kick up the sand pretty good in the cat box.  lolol!

Comment by Al Smitley on May 2, 2016 at 9:09am

How did I miss this the first time around?!?  I'm glad some people search the "archives" of postings or I would miss out on these performances!

Comment by Paul Draper on May 2, 2016 at 1:23pm
Comment by Andy Chase on May 2, 2016 at 2:58pm

Thanks!  I barely remember having recorded this!

Comment by Brian Kimerer on May 2, 2016 at 8:41pm

Great job. I found the tune in the Briggs Instructor, but alas there are no lyrics with it. Where does one find the lyrics to the tune?

Comment by Timothy Twiss on May 2, 2016 at 9:17pm
Comment by Chris Prieto on May 3, 2016 at 11:54am

I think the version Andy is singing is from the Emmet book

Comment by Timothy Twiss on May 3, 2016 at 1:06pm

Yes...many versions. 

Comment by Andy Chase on May 3, 2016 at 3:53pm

I think I got my lyrics from Bob Winans' version (which I guess uses the Emmet book!) 

Mudcat.org can also be a good place to look for lyrics/info/discussion; it's officially folk/trad oriented but as so many of the minstrel tunes of the 1800s have been absorbed into the folk tradition they do show up there sometimes.


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