Bacon Rind (1)
X:1 T:Bacon Rind  N:From the playing of Everett Kays (1905-1996, Lawrenceburg, N:Anderson County, north-central Kentucky) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" N:1973 and 1975 field recordings by Bruce Greene D:Rounder 0377, Everett Kays - Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky vol. 2 D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/1224 F:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/1086 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G D2-|D2 G2 BA [G2B2]|[G3c3]c [G2c2]D2-|D2G2 BA B2|[D3A3]B [D2A2]D2-| D2 G2 BA [G2B2]|[G3c3][Gc] [G2c2]cd-|"$"dedB AFAF|(G[G2B2])[GB][G2B2]:|| ef|"*"gfge d2 B2|[E3c3][Ec] [E2c2]ef|"**"g2g2 d2B2|[D3A3]B [D2A2]ef| gfge d2BB|cBcc efee|dddd dcAF |G2[GB][GB][G2B2]:| P:Substitutions: "$"dedB cAFD||"*"[B2g2][B2g2] d2B2||"**"gfge dcB2||
BACON RIND . AKA - "Sal got a Meatskin," "Sal's got a Wooden Leg laid away." American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The source for "Bacon Rind " is Everett Kays (1905-1996), a fiddler from Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, north-central Kentucky (between Louisville and Lexington). The tune is variously known as "Sal's got a Meatskin" [Roud #4201] or (in the Ozarks) "Sal's got a Wooden Leg laid away," from suggestive lyrics sung to the tune (some more blatant than others). The name "Bacon Rind" may have been an attempt to sanitize the title, but it is hardly less suggestive, for 'bacon rind' was in slang usage in the late 19th/early 20th century to refer to the labia-majora and minora. The name for the tune is also not particular to Mr. Kays, and it was in common use in various parts of the country. Alan Lomax quoted these lines
Sal's got a bacon rind laid away,
To grease Jim's middle leg so they say.
"Sal's got a Meatskin" was recorded by the Carlisle Brothers. The Prairie Ramblers' "Bacon Rind (2)," recorded in 1937, is a musically different tune.
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