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WATERBOUND. AKA and see “Stay All Night,” "Way Down in North Carolina." Old Time, Song/ piece. USA, Virginia. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Silberber): AABB (Kuntz). This piece is originally from Roscoe Holcomb, though the Bogtrotters also recorded an early version of the song.

Chickens crowin' in the old plowed field, (x3)
Down in North Carolina.

Refrain (Verses 1, 3)
Waterbound and I can't go home, (x3)
I have to stay till morning.

Bill and Charlie lets go home, (x3)
Before the water rises.

The water's up and I can't get across, (x3)
I'll ride the old white horse.

The old man's mad but I don't care, (x3)
Just so I get his daughter.
If he don't give her up I'm a gonna run away, (x3)
Down in North Carolina.

Waterbound and I can't go home, (x3)
Down in North Carolina. (Kuntz)

Dirk Powell's "Waterbound" is a different song.

Source for notated version: Art Rosenbaum [Kuntz].

Printed sources: Kuntz (Ragged but Right), 1987; pp. 315 316. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 165.

Recorded sources: Carryon Records 005, "The Renegades" (1993). County 534, Fields Ward "Round the Heart of Old Galax, Vol. II" (various artists). Kicking Mule 203, Art Rosenbaum "The Art of the Mountain Banjo." Rounder CD 0383, Mike Seegar and Paul Brown - “Down in North Carolina” (appears as “Way Down in North Carolina”).

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