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ACE OF SPADES. AKA and see "Billy Wilson (1)." American, Schottische. A Major. Standard tuning. AABB. A schottische that has some melodic similarties to the well-known old-time and bluegrass melody "Billy Wilson (1)" or "Little Billy Wilson," although perhaps not enough prima facie evidence to label it a cognate or variant relationship. Although perhaps not the meaning of the title, an 'ace of spades' referred to a widow in early 19th century slang [Grose, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Silberberg (93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn’t Learn at Tractor Tavern), 2004; pg. 1.

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