Better get outa My Way

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X:1 T:Better get outa My Way N:Transcribed by John Hartford in Feb. 1991 from the playing N:of Owen "Snake" Chapman (Canada, Kentucky) M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 29, No. 4, Winter 1995 (p. 19) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G (3D/E/F/|G/F/G/A/ B/c/d|c/B/c/d/ e/f/g|d/e/d/c/ B/A/G/B/|A/G/F/D/ E/D/D| G/F/G/A/ B/c/d/B/|c/B/c/d/ e/f/g|d/e/d/B/ c/A/G/F/|GG G:| |:e/g/|f/e/f/g/ a/b/a/f/|g/a/g/e/ dd|c/A/c/d/ e/f/g/e/|d/e/d/B/ A/F/D| G/F/G/A? B/c/d/B/|c/B/c/d/ ef/g/e/|d/e/d/B/ c/A/F|GG G:|]

BETTER GET OUTA MY WAY. American, Reel (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. John Hartford visited Snake Chapman at his home in eastern Kentucky in 1991 and transcribed this tune from the elderly fiddler. Hartford sees similarities with Clayton McMichen's "McMichen's Reel" and "Hog Trough Reel," and transcribed this ditty sung to the tune:

Possum in the 'simmon tree lookin' at the sky,
You better get outa my way;
If he ain't careful I'll have him in a pie,
You better get outa my way.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Owen "Snake" Chapman (1919-2002, Canada, Pike County, eastern Kentucky), Feb., 1991 [John Harford/Devil's Box]

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 29, No. 4, Winter 1995; p. 19.

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