For enthusiasts of early banjo
One of the oldest Minstrel tunes in the book. It has roots in English folk tradition. I'm not not claiming this to be a Minstrel type reproduction, but rather my own interpretation.
Very good Tim. It's great to see such a difference between the way we approached this.
Hoo Haw. That's a good set of words. I like the dance references.
I've heard the morris dancing types sing,
"Some like coffee, some like tea, I like a pretty girl on on my knee - Sich a gettin' etc...".
Is there a "knick knack paddy whack" in there?
That's about all I could hear after a week.
I enjoyed both versions. I always seek out verses which refer to contemporary issues such as the one about "colonization" and "amalgamation", and "sarmon, "Bout temperance". Can anyone enlighten me on "seven up"? I did a quick look on the internet and in a couple of American history sources and failed to enlighten myself.
Isn't it a card game...I guess associated with gambling?
Ah, drinking & gambling. That makes sense. I guess, in the back of my mind, In knew that "seven up" was a card game but couldn't bring it to the front of my mind until you mentioned it. Thanks,.......and what are you doing up so early?! I have been unable to sleep-in since retiring, but what's your problem, Tim? ;)
I am up to go play at church.
Ah, that was in the back of my mind, as well.
We're on our way to church as well, 2 services, 2 different sets of music. At least this time of year it is Advent/Christmas, so there is some similarity.
You can still find the rules to seven-up in card game books. That verse has an interesting phrase, "kin of varmin". Tim interpreted it one way, I interpreted it another. Tim sang kin with a long I, assuming it was the word kind . I debated that, and sang it with a soft i, as in kin - family of. Both are valid. Elaine has been doing word studies in the songs, identifying what a number of the odd phrases and references are. It is really fascinating.
Another one...the pronounciation of Susquehanna.
I said sus KEE....making an assumption that that is the intended.
Yes, this one is loaded with historical references. I think a presenter at AEBG who was knowledgeable of all 19th Century references in these tunes would be welcomed...doesn't even have to be a musician.
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