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Welcome to bluegrass and program of all time American music. Thank you. As we mentioned before it takes only three chords. Most American folk songs there aren't all that many distinctly different and there really are some basis to the critical observation. It all sounds alike to me since there aren't a great number of different terms available to folk artist. Many of the more serviceable to put to use in many different ways. So native of eastern Kentucky who has written numerous songs about the coal miners describes the way she composed three of her songs when the one Bama grew out of Constant Sorrow they was a song I think the Stanley Brothers maybe put it on record I am a bowie of Constant Sorrow. So I borrowed their melody and put my own
words to it and then the come out. Uko manners is a no time song that my mother son. Battle of meal spray. But then I want to add to melodies and mix them and then more or less it's just now. Yes. You'd call it lame it made from the feelings I had about this thing that ever were that happened to me. Here's a song now sung by Mrs gunning which she calls gee whiz what they've done to me right after we hear her song Let's listen to a song which uses substantially the same tune and the resemblance is particularly strong in the first few bars. The second song was called handsome Ali and a song by the Country Gentleman. When I asked dark matter Ramli. I knew that riddle money I knew her make
sure polies mum taught me. He's been working every day. When I go home. No way. You better work. Then are home. First I.
Knocked at the door and were banned. You were then home. But
to say you to say a man sees. A. Letter and you. Say I say yes. But.
Then I am in an A.M. and. You handsome young man and you know that. To. Say I am. There. It's Just Us speak that you did say. See see. Gee whiz what they've done to me and handsome I like different words different styles are essentially the same tune. The first was song acapella and the second in a country style duet
the harmony used by the Country Gentleman was inverted thirds with a tenor carrying the tune. This type harmony is very popular in old hymns honky tonk piano and of course old time music. Our next two examples of the same tune being used for different songs are song attributed to AP Carter. When I'm gone and won by the last of the Ramblers which they call hungry Hash House Blues. The first version has been called both when I'm gone and you're going to miss me when I'm gone. The instrumentation is simple just guitar and autoharp the second song is on quite another theme and contains the memorable verse. Well she's my darling in my daisy she's humpbacked and she's crazy she's knock kneed bow legged and she's lame. Oh I know her breath a sweet but I'd rather smell her feet. She's my freckles faced consumptive Mary Jane Tracy Schwartz Mike Seeger and John Cohen play fiddle banjo and guitar in their version of hungry Hash House Blues which we'll hear immediately after we listen to when I'm gone. 0.
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Mm. Mm. Mm. The Border. In this second Glasgow tale if. They were long I think I'll go away in the same. Aura they are gone and I had a very strong and the board would write me. All a beat on again if you will. The enemy. Cannot cut it with us affording them. All their loan takers hanging around for their work there to be back. In that
all go to hash out their own. Thing. Now they card me up there the night. You would need a gun and. It was something they had never done to board. A boat let me. See all wrapped around. In that all go wrong with nationality. Go. Now be banking a book on the broader matter at hand than a baby. That is the ball to end this. All the way. They could not run it but it adds. And that all good behalf. When he promised that he'd meet me way in the box book seven.
To 10. Where they. Meet and think very big. There's the last leg of their. Day back there for a late night and. A. Plaid shirt read this but I'd rather be placed there in jail. And now.
Two different songs both of which seem perfectly fitted to the same two. You're going to miss me when I'm gone and the old go hungry hash house where I live. Bluegrass and mountains a program of old time American music is produced at the University of Michigan. Sanford Fido speaking this is the national educational radio network.
Bluegrass and mountains
The repetition of melodies in old time music
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This program focuses on the repetition of melodies in old time music
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Host: Fidell, S. A. (Sanford A.)
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